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Worse and Worse

The Undergraduate Association has managed to flush any remaining credibility from this year’s presidential elections. This time the culprit is the Judicial Board, which in its wisdom has decided to prohibit further campaigning starting at noon today, and has asked all undergraduates to refrain from making endorsements in order, as described by JudBoard, to “maintain the integrity and fairness of the upcoming UAP/UAVP elections this week.”

Put shortly, these ‘rules’ are laughable; they are unreasonable, unpleasant, and unrealistic. In trying to squelch what was a last, desperate attempt at a real campaign, JudBoard has demonstrated the UA’s complete inability to manage itself -- its utter failure to represent student interests.

Running a fair election is critical, but instructing candidates to stop campaigning -- to stop communicating -- is no way to achieve fairness. In order to have an evenhanded election, candidates need an opportunity to express their ideas and describe their platforms to the community -- an opportunity that has not yet existed amidst allegations of postering violations and two botched election tries. Attempting to silence the candidates only further erodes the integrity of this election.

The request that students remain silent on the question of endorsements is simply absurd. JudBoard has no business controlling conversations among students, and these attempts to cut off public discourse are an outrageous go at censorship. Of course, JudBoard has no way to enforce these rules, so students should feel free to exercise their rights and speak with impunity.

This has been the worst UA election in recent memory, a needless conflagration that has embarrassed all involved. JudBoard’s latest proclamations only add fuel to the fire.