Election appeals thrown out

The three members of the STUSU appellate board discuss evidence presented during the appeal hearings Friday. From left to right are Mathieu Carrier, Ryan Smith, and Shannon Cormier. (Shane Magee/AQ)

St. Thomas University students’ union appellate board has unofficially rejected appeals by both Elizabeth Strange and Frank Jr. Molley.

The results will be official once the board sends out emails to the appellants. Decisions of the board are final.

Strange, a candidate for vice-president education, did not want to comment immediately after the decision.

“I’m not talking to anyone right now,” she said.

Strange said Alex Driscoll, who defeated her for the position by 99 votes or almost 18 per cent, was standing near polling stations “excessively” and “staring at people.”

The board decided the evidence presented by Strange was not sufficient to continue the hearing process and voted to deny the appeal.

After the decision, Mathieu Carrier, one member of the board, said her appeal was denied because it relied on circumstantial evidence as well as hearsay, and came across as more of a personal attack than a legitimate case.

“A lot of the evidence she presented and the way she presented it, it seemed kind of unprofessional,” said Carrier, one of the two associate appeal officers.

“It was a lot of relying on her friends for evidence. I mean, you could always influence them to swing things your way. And her evidence wasn’t very strong.

“There didn’t seem to be a basis for a positive appeal.”

Frank Jr. Molley had appealed his disqualification from the presidential election before campaigning had even started.

He was disqualified by Sarah Bulman, chief returning officer, because he missed a mandatory meeting before campaigning started. He overslept after working a night shift.

The Aquinian will have a response from Molley on Saturday.

At his hearing, Molley said: “I feel that it is unfair that I was disqualified on the basis of missing this meeting.”

The board thought his appeal was “a play on words,” referring to how his case depended on interpretation of STUSU bylaws and the power of the chief returning officer in interpreting them.

One member said oversleeping and missing an exam or anything else would not give him special rights to do it again.

More coverage in the newspaper on Tuesday.

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  • Dudette

    Good.

    Driscoll won, fair and square.

  • Broski

    Lets be real here. Even if Elizabeth Strange was right, and Alex Driscoll did sway some votes by standing too close to the polling station, she still lost by almost 100 votes. If it was super close it might have ended differently, but with that much of a margin?

  • @justskipjames

    What a waste of time. How could Strange not see her appeal was completely ludicrous. She sees herself as a "democracy freedom fighter". This is STUSU people… the biggest thing they ever accomplish is not being heard. Let's hope Pres. Joben changes this around.

  • Hodgy Beats

    STUSU election appeals often get thrown out and generally are a waste of time –News at 11!

  • @ElCarlosGame

    oh the student union elections and its drama. when I was in fourth year and was part of the Students' Union John Pollack and his minions harassed three of us for a good two months. I miss STU!

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