A grassroots campaign to overturn the decision to disqualify incumbent Humber Students’ Federation president Tim Brilhante from the recent HSF presidential election has emerged online.
Brilhante was disqualified and removed from the ballot on the night of March 13 by chief returning officer Natalia Toussaint for violating campaign rules.
A petition has emerged on Change.org that calls on the Humber Students’ Federation to allow Brilhante the right to appeal the decision to remove him.
But despite the online show of displeasure with the HSF’s decision, observers believe the drive is unlikely to be successful.
According to the HSF’s elections and appeals policy, candidates have a right to appeal any electoral decisions to the Election and Judicial Review Committee.
However because Brilhante was disqualified and was no longer a candidate on election day, the appeal process does not apply to him. The petition reads: “In any democracy, an individual should have the right to appeal his/her removal from an election process. In this instance, Timothy Brilhante has had this right taken away from him. Tim deserves like anyone does to have his side of the story heard. Taken from the Government of Canada website (this) is how their appeals process works for the Government of Canada.”
As of Monday at 9:20 p.m., the petition had attracted 374 signatures online.
For his part, Brilhante is giving thanks for the support he is receiving.
“It’s really great to see the support from students,” said Brilhante. “It means a lot to me and I would just like to sincerely express my gratitude.”