Florida A&M’s Supreme Court, will begin court proceedings, Monday at 4 p.m. in the Student Senate Chambers, in regards to the disqualification of both McCorvey/Williams and Sider SGA Presidential tickets.
Both tickets have appealed the Electoral Commission’s decision to disqualify them from the 2012-2013 Student Election race. They allege that the point system used in the 2012 -2013 Student Election was unapproved by Student Senate.
According to FAMU’s Student Body Constitution Election Code Section 603 C., “The point system, including the maximum point limit, must be approved by the Student Senate with 2/3 of all those present and voting in order to go into effect.”
Both parties allege that there were not enough Senators in attendance to approve the Electoral Commission’s point system.
Active Chief Justice Louis Jean-Baptiste, a third-year political science student from Palm Beach, who will preside over these proceedings, has issued a “Writ of Mandamus” to each ticket.
“Both candidates must prove that they did not intentionally withhold this information,” said Baptiste.
If the Supreme Court overturns the Electoral Commission’s decision to disqualify these tickets and invalidate the race, then, according to Chapter 605, section 605.2 of the Student Body Constitution Election Code, a New Election will take place.
As of now, winners for the 2012-2013 SGA Student Body President and Vice President positions have not been declared according to memorandum submitted by Dean Kirby of Student Affairs.