Speaker Pro-Tempore Chase McConnachie brought a motion for impeachment proceedings against Kushner.
The UNC Supreme Court said the Board of Elections needs to have five members present at a hearing for it to be valid. The board currently only has three, which played a role in the UNC Supreme Court requalifying student body president candidate Joe Nail after the BOE disqualified him. McConnachie said impeachment needs to be considered for Kushner.
Though two members of Congress will confirm the evidence against Kushner, there was debate in the meeting over whether or not he is at fault for the BOE not having enough members.
“Why was he not asked to resign?” said finance chairperson Ben Albert. “That seems to be a much more amicable solution that wouldn’t tarnish his record with the University.”
After the meeting, Speaker of Student Congress Cole Simons said they are putting a hold on proceedings until they can figure out a discrepancy in the Student Code. Simons said they are unsure if they need two or five people to testify to the evidence against Kushner.
“Because of the discrepancy between the two and five numbers, we felt like we needed to wait until there are five people able to aver to the evidence or until there is some legislation to clear this up,” Simons said.
Simons said Student Body President Bradley Opere will be appointing temporary members to the BOE so the current elections can continue. After the BOE has the appropriate number of members, the UNC Supreme Court will have to lift Sunday’s injunction against the BOE in order for elections to start back up.
“I believe (Opere) will try to appoint them by the end of the week,” Simons said.