HOUSE Party sweeps on-campus SA Senate elections
Opponent alleges he was wronged
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 14:09
The HOUSE Party swept the Student Association Senate elections on Thursday. A total of 593 votes were cast.
The new on-campus senators – Allen Liu, Daniel Giles, Anthony Field, Laura Grassi, Alana Barricks and Tryceena Gordon – who represent the HOUSE (Honoring Our Undergrad Student Expenses) Party, won the six available positions. Elad Eliahu, the only other candidate, needed 34 additional votes to secure a seat.
Eliahu said the HOUSE Party and the Student-Wide Judiciary (SWJ) wronged him during the election, which ran from Tuesday to Thursday.
Eliahu issued a complaint to SWJ early in the week alleging HOUSE Party candidates wrote false allegations against him on their Facebook page, stating he was never in SA clubs, according to Eliahu. He also complained that during the election, HOUSE Party members told students in the Student Union not to vote for him.
SWJ issued a penalty to the HOUSE Party on Thursday, which mandated that members stay off the floor of the Union for 60 minutes, but when the penalty was enforced, there wasn’t enough time left in the election for members to serve the full penalty. HOUSE members stayed off the floor for 40 minutes instead of 60, according to Eliahu.
Eliahu worries the remaining 20 minutes he was “cheated of” could have altered the election results.
Chad Hladki, the Elections and Credentials (E&C) Chair, and Student-Wide Judiciary representatives did not respond to The Spectrum’s requests for comment by the time of press.