BREAKING: CUSA Elections Office Delays Voting

[Graphic by Sara Mizannojehdehi]

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The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections office said voting days are canceled and will be rescheduled to a later date to give candidates enough time to campaign.

Voting days were scheduled for March 9 and 10, after their delayed once for lack of interested candidates.

The elections office did not share a revised election calendar.

Chief Electoral Officer Nicholas Gil Ocampo said the Charlatan they will reschedule voting days because “candidates have not had the opportunity to campaign for the time they were promised would be available under the electoral code.”

A blackout period was announced on March 4 in response to a number of candidates who suspended their campaigns in light of allegations of sexual assault against a CUSA presidential candidate.

On March 6, Ocampo and Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Qusai Yusuf contacted the candidates about extend the blackout periodduring which presidential and councilor candidates are not allowed to campaign in person or virtually.

The presidential debate, scheduled for March 7, has also been postponed indefinitely.

Graphic presented by Sara Mizannojehdehi.