If approved by full Congress at today’s special session, the BOE will have enough members to be in line with the Student Code, which states that the Board of Elections needs five members who have been formally approved by Congress.
The six recommended appointees are Zaid Khatib, Lucy Best, Arunabha Debnath, Zach Johnson, Joanna Zhang and Andy Hoang.
As of now, the BOE only has one formally appointed member — chairperson Paul Kushner. Two other members had been informally serving on the board.
The BOE had operated with an insufficient number of members since at least the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, but the issue was called into question last week when the UNC Student Supreme Court put an injunction on student body president elections and the BOE until the board had the required number of members.