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By Max Porter, Contributing News Editor • February 26, 2024

JEC disqualifies second SA presidential candidate after candidate petition mishap

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Raffe, a junior and the vice president of external affairs for the GW Entrepreneurship Club, is the second candidate removed from the ballot after incumbent SA President Christian Zidouemba’s disqualification Monday.

The Joint Elections Commission removed another Student Association presidential candidate from next week’s ballot early Tuesday morning after the commission failed to verify more than a dozen of his candidate petition signatures.

JEC invalidated 14 of Redzuan Bin Mohamed Raffe’s 394 submitted signatures because signees improperly filled out the form, putting him below the 385-signature threshold needed to appear on the ballot, according to a JEC email obtained by The Hatchet. Raffe, a junior and the vice president of external affairs for the GW Entrepreneurship Club, is the second candidate removed from the ballot after incumbent SA President Christian Zidouemba’s disqualification Monday, leaving five verified candidates for the top spot.

The SA bylaws mandate candidates must reach 1.5 percent of student constituents to be verified as candidates, equivalent to 385 students this year.

Raffe said JEC Commissioner Fatima Konte told him students who signed his virtual petition added their names in a box where they should have typed their GWIDs. Raffe said Konte told him he was unable to rectify the invalidated signatures, meaning he cannot make the official ballot.

Raffe asked JEC officials last week whether he should collect more signatures in case of a verification issue but was told he was “fine” as long as voters filled the form out themselves, according to emails obtained by The Hatchet.

He said JEC form data showing how many signatures he had garnered was not available to candidates and he instead regularly asked the commission how many signatures he had gained while he canvassed for more.

“I was so insecure,” he said. “I was so afraid of not getting enough signatures that I spammed them.”

Konte said “some candidates” did not make the ballot because of invalid signatures. She declined to comment further.

Raffe said he has not yet decided whether he will conduct a write-in campaign.

“I’m incredibly disappointed,” he said. “I worked so hard for this.”

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Erika Filter, News Editor
Erika Filter is a senior majoring in international affairs from Carson City, Nevada. She leads the Metro beat as one of The Hatchet's 2023-2024 news editors and previously served as the assistant news editor for the Student Government beat.
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