Students upset with UNCW's government assoc. decision

Reported by Gavin Johnson - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Controversy regarding the Student Government Association surrounds the UNCW campus.

Spray painted signs decorate the university's campus showing support for two students who were denied their elected positions.

Student body president elect Navid Nematollahi and vice president elect Kathryn Pohlman both won by a majority of votes.

The elections board committee, composed of students, disqualified the two over a discrepancy of $31.07.

SGA voted Tuesday night 17-7 to reject the bill that would have made Nematollahi president and Pohlman vice president.

Pohlman called the money matter a misunderstanding.  She and Nematollahi offered to write a check to correct the mistake.

While she understands why the committee made its ruling, Pohlman said other candidates did not file proper paperwork either.

"There were other people who had discrepancies with their budget or they didn't turn in a budget, and we don't feel policy was upheld for all the candidates," said Pohlman.

Nematollahi and Pohlman lost their appeals, but they plan to continue to press the issue thru the proper channels in efforts to clear confusion in this year's election.

Several students on campus are looking to hold marches in support of the two candidates.

Thursday night, members of UNCW's SGA will decide whether to allow written-in candidates for the run off.

If so, the two candidates say they will ask their voters to support two people who worked closely on their campaign.

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