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Fourth-year political science student Ocean Enbar (left) with Rav Datta, a fourth-year biology and psychology student (right).

The elections governance committee has dinged presidential slate, Team Ocean, with another two demerit points for pre-campaigning.

In a decision released Tuesday night, the EGC reports that on Wednesday, Jan. 17, a campaign volunteer encouraged first-year students on her residence floor to read and share Team Ocean’s candidacy announcement article through a Facebook group message.

Rav Datta, Team Ocean's vice-presidential candidate, confirmed his friend, a soph, shared a Gazette article to her floor group chat.

The soph shared the article prior to the election campaign period's official start on Jan. 22. As a result, the EGC determined Team Ocean violated section 11.7 of by-law #2 for pre-campaigning. The slate also violated section 11.4.1 for benefits acquired by virtue of office because the student used her position as a residence floor soph to contact other students. 

The EGC's decision bumps Team Ocean's demerit point total to four points. Presidential slates can be awarded a maximum 30 demerit points, and exceeding these limits results in disqualification.



Amy is editor-in-chief of the Gazette and a Faculty of Information and Media Studies graduate. She started working at the Gazette in February 2014. Want to give her a story tip or feedback? Email

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