Student Action Candidate's Past Election Controversy Resurfaces

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A 2009 election scandal at Diablo Valley College continues to follow the current Student Action party candidate for ASUC external affairs vice president.

A May 2009 story in The Inquirer, the college's student newspaper, reported that Bundit Kertbundit, former president of the Associated Students of Diablo Valley College, improperly endorsed and provided financial assistance to candidates in the election for the 2010 student government at DVC.

However, current and past chairs of the ASDVC Elections Committee said the report was inaccurate and misconstrued the facts surrounding the matter.

"Bundit Kertbundit, former ASDVC President, did not break any Elections Council rules or constitutional bylaws," said Anna Braginsky, who served as chair of the committee in 2009, in an e-mail.

Braginsky added that the paper made an unethical representation of her position and misused her words in reporting that Kertbundit might have been in violation of ASDVC policy.

Staff at The Inquirer could not be reached for comment Monday to defend the paper's coverage of the controversy.

"The Diablo Vally College Inquirer, I daresay, often dramatize the story," said Ben Pradya Laohapornsvan, who was endorsed by Kertbundit and now serves as elections committee chair at the college, in an e-mail.

Kertbundit endorsed and purchased campaign materials for several candidates from a coalition-known as UAID-vying for ASDVC office. He was accused by unsuccessful candidates in the 2009 election of violating ASDVC election codes that bar officeholders from using student government funds to endorse or aid candidates.

Kertbundit said most of the controversy stemmed from the culture of student government politics at the college.

"Endorsements were new to the ASDVC and people were still not adapted to the idea of them," Kertbundit said. "I did not do anything corrupt and did everything in a correct manner."

Kertbundit added that he informed Student Action party officials of the issue well before he was slated for the 2010 ASUC spring general election.

"It was all transparent and very black and white," he said.

Tags: ASUC ELECTIONS 2010, ASDVC, DIABLO VALLEY COLLEGE, STUDENT ACTION PARTY


Contact Nick Myers at [email protected]



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