By SARAH LEWIS, Editor-in-Chief
ELIZABETH BASTIAN, Managing Editor
One Michigan Coalition (OMC) is planning to file a complaint with the new Student Judiciary against the opposing party, Student Voice United (SVU). The Student Judiciary, approved at the beginning of the semester, is in charge of all student disputes.
When the list of candidates running for the upcoming Student Government election was released earlier this month, the two candidates running for President and Vice President under SVU were also running as senators for OMC.
“They originally submitted their intent to run under OMC, and a least a week after that, they changed parties,” Student Government President Dennis Lienhardt said.
According to Chandar Balakumar who is running for president under SVU, the ballot states that everyone in his party is running solely with SVU. “That must have been a typo,” Balakumar stated.
“OMC is planning to file a complaint against SVU on the basis that they knowingly submitted a false intent to run form. The Student Judiciary will then decide if it requires a hearing that could possibly nullify chances of winning,” Lienhardt continued.
While SVU says the previous listing of candidates and parties was released with incorrect information, OMC disagrees.
“It’s a question of integrity,” Shane Henson, member of OMC began. “For months they told people they were committed to OMC and the party and the vision for making the school a better place, but all the while they were planning on running against OMC. If the members of SVU cannot be trusted to act honestly and faithfully with their opponents, how can we trust them to act honestly and faithfully with the student body?”
“I’m trying to run a clean campaign and think positive,” Balakumar said.
Student Government elections begin March 27 and end March 29.
For more information visit http://www.umd.umich.edu/elections.