Sarah Haar was the subject of four complaints made to Elections committee yesterday, The Epinal has been told.
The main subject of the complaints revolved around budgetary concerns and “whether some of the prizes and resources she has been using have been included in her budget”.
Four complaints made in an email to elections committee are summarised below.
Speaking on behalf of elections committee, Ali Cole’s email in reply to the complaint read:
“1: Sarah has included these large photo boards within her budget, she managed to get them for free from supermarkets who were throwing out their valentine’s day promo material.
“2: the plain white tees with red hearts are what is known as associated campaigning. For example, if MJ [Michael Jordan] was to get people dressed in basketball gear every night, with nothing to do with his campaign written anywhere then this would be the same. The crucial part is that the white tees with red hearts don’t have anything written on them about Sarah’s campaign and so cannot be factored into her budget. As you can appreciate, charging for anyone wearing a tshirt with a heart on could get silly.
“3: We have been in touch with Sarah and inspected the chocolates more directly. We are currently discussing the price she had put on them but we don’t believe they would be particularly expensive.
“4: As you said it is hard to prove, and unless we actually witness any negative campaigning then we can’t act upon it. However in this case, we have deemed the issue not to be negative campaigning. Of course there are always going to be rivalries between halls as a result of both having candidates in the same election, and as we suspected we have had similar complaints about students in Harry French. Negative campaigning would involve personal attacks of the candidate with regards to topics which have no relation to the election.”
A spokesperson for Sarah Haar responded to the news tonight.
“VP Democracy, Ali Cole, and Elections committee have confirmed that a number of complaints have been raised against our campaign team. However, they made it absolutely clear that we have done nothing wrong. Moreover, they highlighted that no further action will be taken against Sarah Haar and all of the allegations have been dismissed.
“Sarah Haar is not concerned by these allegations because this is a position she has been vying for since the summer 2012. She takes all of the rules surrounding the elections very seriously and knows them very well, she made sure of it. It is a shame that it has come to this but there will undoubtedly be instances beyond her control as displayed in the complaints.
“However, she is happy that she can return to her Campaign and hopes she can draw a line under this and get back to the real task at hand.”