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Fate of Student Government election to be decided within the week

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Following a month of trials and the delay in the release of the student body presidential and vice presidential election results, Dean of Students Margarita Arellano has reached a decision concerning the fate of the election.

Election Board Chair Chelsea Thompson said Arellano will release her decision by the end of the day Tuesday, or Thursday at the latest.

The decision is set to come after former presidential and vice presidential candidates Andrew Homann and Samantha Martinez appealed their disqualifications from the Student Government race to Arellano on Feb. 27.

Photo by: Daryl Ontiveros | Multimedia EditorSamantha Martinez, political science sophomore, sits down for a Q&A with News Editor of the Univeristy Star, Anna Herod, Feb. 11.
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The Homann-Martinez campaign was suspended from Feb. 22-24, meaning they couldn’t attempt to solicit votes in any way, as ordered by the Student Government Supreme Court on Feb. 20. The suspension was a consequence of the Homann-Martinez alliance being found guilty of receiving endorsements from chartered student organizations, which breaks the Election Code.

Following the suspension, the Election Board found Homann and Martinez guilty of violating the suspension after the pair failed to take their website offline and Martinez kept campaign logos on her social media.

The violation resulted in the disqualification of Homann and Martinez by the Election Board. The alliance attempted to appeal the decision to Student Government Supreme Court, but it was dismissed.

The executive alliance appealed the decision once again, but this time to Arellano. Once the result of the appeal is officially released, marking the end of the process, Bobcats will find out who their next student body president and vice president will be.