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The Ryerson Students’ Union election race thins after Mark Single, running for VP Operations, was disqualified from the race on Feb. 4 after posting unapproved posters around campus.
The Chief Returning Officer, Hakim Kassam, deemed the offence a “severe violation.”
The posters highlighted the approximate annual salary paid to RSU executives. Single then inserted his own opinion by saying he would reduce the salary to minimum student wage.
Single said the point of these posters was to inform students that the RSU collects annual salaries. Single proposed working for free or minimum wage because he said the position should be for someone whose primary aim is to make Ryerson a better place.
The posters were unapproved by the CRO but Single said he chose to post them anyway on the evening of Feb. 3.
A complaint was then received by the CRO regarding the poster.
The CRO reported the posters were found on top of oppositional slate Students’ United posters.
“It went against good faith and maligned the individuals it was posted by,” said Kassam.
Single said the CRO was in the right over the fact that the posters were never approved yet called the disqualification ‘biased.’
According to Candidate guidelines and RSU, Kassam said Single violated approximately six offences. This included bylaw 6.59, that posters should not be offensive and if so, it would be up to the discretion of the CRO to remove and destroy the poster. Subsequently the CRO could then disqualify the individual.
Sean Carson will now be running unopposed on election day. However, he must receive a total of 50 per cent plus one extra vote to win in the yes or no ballot. The ballots have already been printed so Mark Single’s name will still appear on the ballot.
While Single was given 24 hours to appeal the CRO’s decision, Single said he would not be appealing.
Image supplied by Mark Single