Volume 94, Issue 84

Thursday, March 1, 2001


NEWS

No re-vote in store for Huron top spot

Hopeful disqualified over posters

London public school gets health scare

Investigated U of T law prof's peers defend academic freedom

Study says movie star smokers make teenagers more likely to light up too

Briefs

Planet Me

No re-vote in store for Huron top spot

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

While Brescia College battles its own election controversy, the disputed Huron University College Students' Council elections appear to finally be resolved.

After two days of investigation and deliberation te HUCSC Elections Appeal Board denied an appeal by election runner-up Amy Daw, which was aimed at producing a re-vote.

"Upon thorough deliberation, we the HUCSC Elections Appeal Board, have come to the conclusion that there is no substantial evidence to justify a re-vote. The election was conducted according to the HUCSC constitution and elections policy," explained the four-page ruling, signed by appeal board members Brett McDermott, the HUCSC speaker, Shaun Polani, HUCSC governor general and Mark Rubenstein, the HUCSC's first-year off-campus representative.

Daw, who finished behind president-elect Christie Love by 18 votes, submitted an appeal outlining what she felt were 34 violations of elections policy and the HUCSC constitution. In the appeals board's verdict, it explained little to no evidence of the alleged transgressions, but also outlined several problems with elections procedures at Huron College.

"It is the opinion of the HUCSC Elections Appeal Board that the appeal made by Amy Daw does not merit holding a re-vote," the verdict reads. "However we acknowledge several instances where problems with the election process existed and suggest possible solutions to be considered by the HUCSC for implementation in future elections."

"I'm disappointed," Daw said. "But there are some positive outcomes in that they're recommending improvements to the elections policy.

"I congratulate Christie Love and I'm going to support her," she added.

Adam Slavens, HUCSC's chief returning officer, said he was not surpised by the appeal board's decision. "The appeal board's decision was not a surprise," he said. "We expected this result from the outset as the election was conducted in a fair and impartial manner. Allegations to the contrary are baseless."

The appeals board also cleared current president Harris Krofchick of any wrongdoing. "I am glad this process did not tarnish the integrity of the elections," he said. "I was personally exonerated of these bogus charges."

Love, the president-elect, said she was happy with the outcome. "Obviously I'm happy we can put this behind us and get focused on the future," she said.


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