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Raffe to run write-in campaign after settling lawsuit with elections commission

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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 first of a trio of Student Court cases has reached its close after a prospective Student Association presidential candidate reached an out-of-court settlement with the Joint Elections Commission.

Mohamed Redzuan Bin Mohamed Raffe voluntarily withdrew his case from the Student Court, which alleged the elections commission treated him unfairly by striking down 14 of his 394 collected candidate petition signatures for lacking GWIDs. Senate Legal Counsel Juan Carlos Mora – acting individually, not in his role as senate legal counsel – and former legislator general Adam Galland, representing the JEC, said the JEC would enforce policies ensuring it treats write-in candidates fairly.

The terms of the settlement are unclear. Raffe, Mora and Galland declined to comment further on the specific terms of the settlement. Raffe said he looks forward to running a write-in campaign for the presidency.

Raffe said he was “glad” they settled the case and was proud of his representation, junior Peyton Fillman and senior Yahya Aliyu.

“I hope this is reflecting on my commitment to be drama free and to also show that I’m capable of settling things in a proper and respectful manner,” he said.

The court docket shows Raffe withdrew his case, and the court dismissed the case without prejudice. The court canceled the hearing for Raffe’s case, initially scheduled for Saturday.

Mora and Galland said in a statement that disqualifications like Raffe’s are “unfortunate,” but the JEC must uphold the SA bylaws. They said “the JEC offers its sympathy to” Raffe.

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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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