UPEISU Elections

March 14, 2008

This is just a quick post because it affects UPEI.  Does anyone know what’s going on with the president elections?  Justin Douglas had the most votes, but it says online that he is disqualified and doesn’t give any details.  Z, Your in the student union aren’t you?  Do you know whats going on?

Cheers,

David McKenna

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3 Responses to “UPEISU Elections”

  1. davecanvin Says:

    Justin is a friend of mine and we went to school together for years in high school and junior high…. I think these infractions against him are ludicrous and I support him 100% in his appeal.

    Two of the infractions against him are regarding Facebook groups/notes and the last are about campaign signs. The following is copy/pasted from Justin’s Facebook note explaining the situtation. It explains the situation in depth.

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    Appendix A

    Appendix A of this document is the appeal of the alleged infraction of Article XI, Subsection 11, of the UPEI SU Constitution. Article XI, Subsection 11 states that:
    All candidates must remove their own election materials from campus by 10:00pm on the last day of the campaign period. After this time, any candidates found to have election materials within a reasonable visible distance of the polling station will be disqualified by the CRO. Reasonable visible distance shall be defined as any campaign material within (20) meters of a polling station, including materials behind doors or walls and shall include any campaign materials posted on the internet or other form of publicly accessible electronic media. Any candidates found to have election materials beyond a reasonable visible distance will be automatically fined a maximum of ten dollars ($10.00) per infraction to a maximum of one hundred dollars ($100.00). The fine will be payable to the UPEI SU within one week of the date of the levy by the CRO, and shall be doubled after the week if a formal appeal has not been launched with the UPEI SU. Fine monies shall be used by the UPEI SU to defray election costs.

    The infraction in question was defined by the CRO as:
    “ This notice is to officially inform you that you are being charged with the infraction of having campaign materials posted on the internet, in the form of a post left up on the “UPEI Psychology Arts and Sciences Society (PASS)” Facebook group posted March 1st, 2008 regarding your campaign.”

    The passage that is believed to be in violation of Article XI, Subsection 11, reads:
    “Hey Everyone,
    As some of you already know I have decided to run for the Presidency of the UPEI SU. If you would like to check out my group page, which includes my platform, you can visit it by clicking on: http://upei.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10473010657.”

    Appendix B

    Article II of this document is the appeal of the infraction of Article XI, Subsection 11, of the UPEI SU Constitution. Article XI, Subsection 11 states that:
    “All candidates must remove their own election materials from campus by 10:00pm on the last day of the campaign period. After this time, any candidates found to have election materials within a reasonable visible distance of the polling station will be disqualified by the CRO. Reasonable visible distance shall be defined as any campaign material within (20) meters of a polling station, including materials behind doors or walls and shall include any campaign materials posted on the internet or other form of publicly accessible electronic media. Any candidates found to have election materials beyond a reasonable visible distance will be automatically fined a maximum of ten dollars ($10.00) per infraction to a maximum of one hundred dollars ($100.00). The fine will be payable to the UPEI SU within one week of the date of the levy by the CRO, and shall be doubled after the week if a formal appeal has not been launched with the UPEI SU. Fine monies shall be used by the UPEI SU to defray election costs.”

    The infraction in question was defined by the CRO as:
    “ This notice is to officially inform you that you are being charged with the infraction of having campaign materials posted on the internet, in the form of a post left up on the “UPEI Psychology Arts and Sciences Society (PASS)” Facebook group posted March 1st, 2008 regarding your campaign, as well as, the Facebook group “Elect Justin Douglas for UPEI SU President”, after 10pm on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. As per article XI, subsection 11 of the UPEI SU Elections and Referenda By-Laws you, Justin Douglas, are hereby disqualified from the 2008 Spring General Election.”

    Attached is the note that I posted on Facebook in response to the “Elect Justin Douglas for UPEI SU President” Facebook group:

    “UPEI Student Union Election
    3:03 pm Monday, Jan 28

    To UPEI Students,

    At this time, I would like to make it clear that I have not and will not endorse any election material with my name or likeness on it. Furthermore, due to strict election guidelines, I am not able to state whether or not I have any intention to run for the presidency of the UPEI Student Union. However, I would like to thank those who have shown their support in attempting to persuade me to run for council. I have heard your cries for change and have taken them under serious consideration. With that being said, when the nomination period begins I will make official decision known to all interested parties. Until then, I encourage all concerned students to continue to voice their opinions on how their representative body is being run. After all, Student Councils are not moral agents, students are, and students can and should impose moral standards on these powerful institutions.

    Thank You for your Kind Support,
    Justin Douglas

    For a complete list of election by-laws, please visit:
    http://www.upeisu.com/bylaws.asp?ID=8”

    Appendix C

    Appendix C of this document is the appeal of the infraction of Article XI, Subsection 11, of the UPEI SU Constitution. Article XI, Subsection 11 states that:
    “All candidates must remove their own election materials from campus by 10:00pm on the last day of the campaign period. After this time, any candidates found to have election materials within a reasonable visible distance of the polling station will be disqualified by the CRO. Reasonable visible distance shall be defined as any campaign material within (20) meters of a polling station, including materials behind doors or walls and shall include any campaign materials posted on the internet or other form of publicly accessible electronic media. Any candidates found to have election materials beyond a reasonable visible distance will be automatically fined a maximum of ten dollars ($10.00) per infraction to a maximum of one hundred dollars ($100.00). The fine will be payable to the UPEI SU within one week of the date of the levy by the CRO, and shall be doubled after the week if a formal appeal has not been launched with the UPEI SU. Fine monies shall be used by the UPEI SU to defray election costs.”

    The infraction in question was defined by the CRO as:
    “This notice is to officially inform you that you are being charged with the infraction of having campaign materials, in the form of 2 campaign posters, found after 10pm on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 within a reasonable visible distance from a polling station. As per article XI, subsection 11, of the UPEI SU Elections and Referenda By-Laws you, Justin Douglas, are hereby disqualified from the 2008 Spring General Election.”

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    He also posted the rest of his letter of appeal, and I find this whole situation to be ridiculous. To lose an election based on Facebook is stupid. Someone else made the group, and Justin asked the guy to close it…. but the guy didn’t so it was beyond his control. Justin stated numerous times that he had no affiliation with the group. It was beyond his control.

    As for the signs, from what I understand 20 of his signs were flat-out stolen from around campus and mysteriously showed up beside polling stations that day of the election. It seems too fishy. Justin knows the political process better then anyone I know and I know he wouldn’t make a lapse in judgement like that.

    It seems as though the Student Union is trying to take democracy out of our hands. Justin was the winner, yet they are trying to take it away from him based on a bunch of loopholes. Stupid if you ask me.

  2. Katelyn Murnaghan Says:

    It was something about how the people running have to take down posters and other advertisements by a certain date and while he did take his down, they “magically” showed up at the poles on the day of the election…

  3. mellaz Says:

    I know that Douglas appealed his disqualification and now it is the CRO decision to make


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