With two days until Election Day, the Student Body President race is uncertain as one candidate faces an ethics complaint filed by his opponent.
Candidates for SBP have been publicly campaigning since Feb. 9 with the goal of collecting 1,000 signatures for their petition ballots. The initial deadline for these signatures was Feb. 16, with a one-day grace period for candidates who meet the threshold but need additional signatures.
Collecting petition signatures this year in the virtual space has proven especially difficult for some campaigns, and recently elicited a slew of complications and miscommunications among candidates. On Feb. 18, the Richards campaign filed an election violation complaint against the Javvadi campaign for misrepresentation and falsification.
The Board of Elections held a hearing for the complaint at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Each candidate was given time to present an argument, make a rebuttal and give a closing statement.
To understand the misrepresentation part of the complaint, one must look back to last week when candidates were vying for petition signatures.
The weekend before the signatures deadline, the Javvadi campaign said it came up with a potential idea to help each of the SBP candidates reach their signature threshold.
The idea was that the five candidates could share a list of who had signed their petitions with one another, with the goal of finding more students to contact for signatures, Javvadi told The Daily Tar Heel.
“We were concerned by the time Tuesday (Feb. 16) rolled around that no candidate would be certified, and were concerned about the consequences for the election if only one or zero candidates were on the ballot,” Javvadi’s campaign wrote in a statement.