Shakour, Traverse await fate with JEC

Student Association President-elect Audai Shakour is still in danger of being barred from assuming his position. The Joint Election Committee will decide by Friday if the junior committed two campaign violations that would nullify his victory.

Shakour has five violations and faces an infraction for an online message allegedly sent over the social Web site www.thefacebook.com. The other alleged violation deals with Shakour dorm storming in Fulbright Hall on March 24, the last day of the election.

If Shakour is convicted of both infractions, he would exceed the seven-limit threshold for violations and be disqualified from assuming the presidency. Shakour has already been found guilty of two counts of Facebook messaging this year, and has been acquitted of three counts of dorm storming.

Michelle Tanney, a senator-elect who represents the runner-up in last week’s run-off, junior Ben Traverse, said supporters are still confident that Traverse could become SA president. Traverse would assume the presidency if Shakour is disqualified and he is found innocent of two violations that would negate his runner-up status.

“We are absolutely still alive,” Tanney said. “We feel that the allegations brought against Mr. Shakour are legitimate violations of the charter.”

“The chances of Audai getting kicked off are quite high,” Tanney added.

JEC Chairman Justin Neidig said he expects to certify an official victor by Friday at 5 p.m., when all pending violations have been ruled on. The certification would bring an end to the election season, which was supposed to end March 9.

“The JEC will immediately discuss the violations after the last hearing on Friday, then, if we are able to, we will certify a candidate,” Neidig said. Members of the Shakour camp said they are still confident the president-elect will be officially named the next leader of the SA on Friday. Shakour has already begun to meet with SA President Omar Woodard and formed a transition team.

“Audai is ensuring that we can have the smoothest transition period possible despite the delayed election,” said Shakour’s legal counsel, sophomore Jeff Goodman.

“Audai is making sure that everyone is ready when the decision that we expect is announced on Friday,” Goodman said.

Traverse will be defending himself against two violations on Thursday afternoon dealing with dorm storming in Thurston and Sommers halls. Traverse also has five violations; if convicted of both pending infractions, he would be disqualified from being in contention to assume the presidency.

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