The 2016 Student Government election results were revealed March 31 in the Student Union Rotunda.

During the speech, Secretary for Internal Affairs Kim Baker delivered the election results of several different campaigns, saving the announcement of the new Student Body President and Vice President at the end of her short 10-minute speech.

Baker revealed that, of the 1,811 voters that participated in this year’s election, which is six percent of the student body, a simple majority was not reached among the candidates. This meant that no one ticket received more than 50 percent of the votes.

Presidential candidate Fahn Darkor and his running mate Carrie Nowell received 43 percent of the votes, putting them in the lead. Candidate Jessie Puffer and her running mate Amber Creft received 34 percent and candidate Andre Jefferies and his running mate Anthony Rizol received 25 percent.

Since a simple majority was not reached, the two leading tickets (Darkor/Nowell and Puffer/Creft) are set to continue campaigning in a run-off election until April 5, when voting will open once more.

Jefferies and Rizol are out of the running because they received the least amount of votes.

Voting will reopen from 8 a.m. April 5 through 5 p.m. April 6. The elected ticket will be announced the following day, April 7, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Rotunda.

Baker also revealed the results of other campaigns during this election cycle, including the Student Body Constitution Amendment. This Amendment is to grant more seats to senate to better represent the growing student body on campus. Students voted in favor of this bill, approving it by a 96 percent margin.

Senators for the different colleges were also voted on during this election cycle.

To see a full list of of the 2016 SGA Spring Elections results, including percentages and total numbers of votes, visit: https://sga.uncc.edu/results

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