Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

An elections candidate at the North Campus filed a violations complaint last Tuesday over posters put up by the campaigns of Monica Khosla, Nikki Sandhu and Niveedhika Ketheeswaranathan, the candidate told The Avro Post, an issue those involved say was resolved.

The IGNITE Student Life logo was used by presidential candidate Khosla on her campaign posters, a violation reported by the candidate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Board of Directors candidate Nikki Sandhu was accused of breaking rules by placing the University of Guelph-Humber logo on her poster, a Guelph-Humber-specific violation.

The candidate who filed the complaint said that board campaigner Ketheeswaranathan had a poster larger than the 8½ by 11 paper format also required by only GH regulations.

Khosla and Sandhu informed the Post on Sunday that the issue had been resolved and the appropriate steps had been taken to fix the violations.

Further details from sources and emails seen by the Post on Monday show that Ketheeswaranathan had full permission and did not violate any rules regarding campaign poster.

The IGNITE governance document specifies that campaign flyers and handouts must be approved by the elections administration team, which also includes posters.

Khosla said her campaign poster was approved by the body before she started posting it on campuses.

However, after the complaint was filed, Khosla acknowledged the violation.

The Humber College North Campus presidential candidate said she printed a second iteration of her poster without the IGNITE logo before she was informed of the violation.

In regards to Sandhu, she told the Post that the Guelph-Humber logo was not the issue but rather that she had not gotten her poster design approved by IGNITE previous to putting them up.

The third year Business Program student said she was not aware her poster design needed to be approved by the election officials.

Sandhu said the violation “was appropriately dealt with by the IGNITE election staff members” and she received an “appropriate punishment”, without going into specifics.

“I was informed of the violation, which was done through a misunderstanding on my part,” Sandhu said in a statement.

“I am dyslexic which attributed to my lack of comprehension, but is not an excuse for my actions.”

Sandhu wrote she is open to “discuss what transpired with students”, but explained the “matter has been dealt with and is in the past.”

More elections coverage to follow. Image of the second floor campaign posters from Eli Ridder / The Avro Post.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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