SGA election awaits Hearing
By Ed De La Garza
Daily Cougar Staff
Though results of the 2002 Student Government
Association election were announced Thursday, votes cannot be certified
University Hearing Board makes a decision
on appeals filed by independent presidential candidate Fabian Sifuentes.
Hoang Nguyen/The Daily Cougar
Independent candidate for
Student Government Association president Fabian Sifuentes, center, watches
as election results are
announced Thursday in the World Affairs
Lounge of the University Center Underground.
The Hearing Board, which is scheduled
to meet Tuesday, is comprised of five students appointed by SGA, two faculty
appointed by the Faculty Senate and two
staff members from the Staff Council. It hears and decides on grievances
from members of
the UH community.
The Student Voice Party ran away with the
election, as presidential candidate Dawona Miller garnered 77 percent of
compared to Student Vision presidential
candidate Will Dres' 15 percent and Sifuentes' 8 percent. It was the second
landslide win for the party, which aside
from winning the race for vice president and student regent also took 20
of 24 senate seats.
The shortened election season saw less
than 1,300 students turn out to vote, an almost 50 percent drop from the
2,611 votes cast
in the 2001 election.
An appeal of decisions by the Election
Commission would continue until all UH administrative measures had been
Sifuentes said shortly following the announcement
of results. On Friday, he filed three new complaints with the commission.
Among the new complaints, Sifuentes charged
the Student Voice Party disobeyed the commission's earlier ruling that
campaigning at the University Center and
that "the fair election process had been compromised by Dawona Miller and
Voice Party by hanging a banner in an
area that (had) already been designated by the Commission and Code as a
In all three complaints, Sifuentes asked
that Miller and the Student Voice Party be disqualified and the election
not be certified.
Though an official response will not be
released until today, Election Commissioner John Martinez didn't foresee
disciplinary actions against the Student
"We already punished them for the banners,"
Martinez said. "We're not going to disqualify them."
Though the certification of votes is pending,
Miller and the rest of the coming 39th administration could be sworn in
as early as