- An allegation of early campaigning was made by Bone, VP-Ed candidate on Team Reboot, against Team Gold. The alleged incident was the liking of a Facebook post published by a third-party. The ERO assigns no demerit points as the incident shows Team Gold’s President candidate Brieva acknowledging a third-party repetition of his intent to run (§2.2.2), rather than supporting an act of campaigning.
- Team Gold alleges that Andrew Zettel, VPN candidate for Team Reboot, engaged in early campaigning on Monday, January 30th at 12:05am, through a Twitter post of his individual campaign poster with the title ‘On February 13-15 Vote Andrew Zettel VP INTERNAL’.
- Team Gold alleges that Andrew Zettel, VPN candidate for Team Reboot, engaged in early campaigning on Monday, January 30th at 6:51am. Zettel allegedly shared the Team Reboot poster to Facebook, used the hashtag ‘#TeamReboot’ and directed viewers to vote between February 13-15th. ERO assigns 2 demerit points jointly for 2 and 3 due to the lack of intent to campaign early, but engagement in acts of early campaigning.
- Bone, VP-Ed candidate for Team Reboot, alleges that the Team Gold campaigned early due to the url www.voteteamgold.com being live prior to the Campaign period. ERO assigns 0 demerit points as there is no established intent to campaign early and the student body access to the site is not demonstrated.
- Bone, VP-Ed candidate for Team Reboot, alleges that Team Gold engaged in early campaigning by posting a cover photo in the Facebook Page “Vote Team Gold” prior to the commencement of the Campaign Period. ERO assigns 0 demerit points as proof was submitted showing the Page going live after the commencement of the Campaign period.
- Team Gold alleges that Team Reboot has misrepresented the character/statements of Team Gold’s platform as ‘introduc[ing] a new costly opt-out fee’, by sharing Opt-In Waterloo’s Facebook endorsement of Team Reboot. ERO assigns 3 demerit points for Reboot’s conflation of ‘introducing a fee’ with a promise to ‘continue with legal insurance survey’ to gauge student interest in a service with an affiliated fee, per §4.4.5.
- ERO assigns three demerit points to Team Reboot for violating the spirit of the Procedures by misleading voters in their promise to ‘fight against the introduction’ of a Legal Insurance Fee and ‘sav[e] students up to $27 a year’, when no such fee is being introduced, per §4.4.5.
- Bone, VPEd candidate for Team Reboot, alleges that Team Gold misrepresented the character of Team Reboot by President candidate Brieva ‘loving’ a post on Facebook that describes Team Reboot in a derogatory way. ERO assigns 0 demerit points to Team Gold as ‘liking/loving’ a post does not create a posting from a candidate’s personal or official account, and is insufficient grounds to hold a candidate responsible for the words of a third-party.
6a. Appeal: The ERAC upholds the decision of the ERO (3-0) to assign three demerit points for violating the spirit of the procedures. All candidates are responsible for the content of their official social media channels per section 8.1.6. The sharing of misrepresentative information on an official communication channel violates the spirit of the procedures, regardless of whether it is third-party content or original content.
7a Appeal: The ERAC refers the decision back to the ERO (3-0) for further consideration. The allegation significantly changed from the original one submitted to the ERO, and the ERO’s chosen course of action. Team Reboot will be given an opportunity to directly address the ERO’s concerns with their communications. Team Reboot is further barred from creating any new communication material on the “introduction of a new legal fee” until the ERO renders their decision on the matter.
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