Shakour and Traverse in presidential run-off, Corr wins EVP

Posted March 4, 3:49 A.M.
Updated 4:43 a.m.

Presidential candidate Ben Traverse finished first in the Student Association election and will compete in a run-off with second place finisher Audai Shakour, the Joint Elections Committee announced at 3:45 a.m. Friday.

The electoral governing body did not release the official tally for each contender; no presidential candidate won the 40 percent necessary for a decisive victory. A run-off between the two prospective presidents will be held Wednesday and Thursday.

“I feel great,” said Traverse, a junior. “It’s good to be in a run-off and Audai is a great guy, whoever wins it is going to be a no-lose situation for the SA.”

Shakour, also a junior, said he was hopeful that he could pull off a victory in the second round of voting next week.

“We’re just looking to get all our voters to come out on Wedneday and Thursday,” he said. “It’s going to be big next week.”

The candidate also thanked all students who came out to support him.

Morgan Corr, running on the “Coalition for Reform” ticket with Traverse, won the executive vice president position, defeating Tim Saccoccia (CCAS-U) and L. Asher Corson, who ran write-in campaigns over the last two days.

Corr faces two electoral violations that will be deliberated at a Monday meeting. The JEC originally ruled Wednesday that Corr would face three violations for using his power to influence the elections, a decision that, if upheld, would have brought the candidate to seven infractions and barred him from the race.

The JEC was unable to call results for undergraduate at-large, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate Business School and Elliott School undergraduate Senate seats. The JEC will announce results of these races Friday at 11:30 a.m. at J Street.

The final vote tallies for the other six presidential candidates and the number of votes cast for write-in EVP candidates will also be announced Friday.

A referendum calling for a student to sit on the Board of Trustees passed.

The JEC said all announcements made early Friday morning are unofficial, as violations are pending and each candidate must pass eligibility requirements before results are certified.

-Gabriel Okolski contributed to this report.

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