Inconclusive election results cause Temple Student Government to hold run-off elections on April 30 and May 1.
Although Owl V.O.I.C.E.S. won with 897 votes, they did not have enough of a majority.
The new elections code states the slate must receive 50 percent of the votes plus one additional vote to win. Owl V.O.I.C.E.S received almost 43 percent of the votes. If the slate does not receive this majority, the slate in second has the right to have a run-off election.
Temple Reloaded received the second-highest amount of votes. Their total vote count was 588, and they have decided to have a run-off election. Owl Opportunity was a close third with 558 votes.
Only Temple Reloaded and Owl V.O.I.C.E.S. will be participating in the run-off election. They will have one more week to campaign before the run-off elections will begin.
TSG officials said that this might happen, since three slates were running.
The candidates for Owl V.O.I.C.E.S. are Nadine Mompremier, presidential candidate, Nexus Cook, vice presidential candidate of external affairs, and Farzad Firoz, vice president of services.
If elected, their platform calls for focusing on communication and strengthening TSG, athletics and student organizations. They claim to be the most experienced slate, with their slogan “Change through experience.”
Jeff Dempsey, presidential candidate, leads Temple Reloaded with his fellow slate members Steve Brooks, candidate for vice president of external affairs, and Michael Thom, candidate for vice president of services. Temple Reloaded said they plan on building a community with diversity, establishing a stronger Temple identity, enhancing communication with the student body, advancing services and establishing their G.I.F.T.S. initiative.
Only 2098 votes were cast for the general election on Tuesday and Wednesday. There were 32 write-in votes and 23 blank votes.
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