Sam Asfahani, a candidate running for the YUSU position of York Sport President, has been banned from campaigning between 1pm and 4pm tomorrow after it emerged today that his campaign had breached the strict election guidelines.
In an email sent by Sam Clitheroe to the whole University football club mailing list, Asfahani was described as “a massive football fan” who “is really keen to make sure the club keeps its position at the forefront of York sport… this all sounds very promising.” The email then encouraged recipients to “bear this in mind when you go to vote, it is vital for UYAFC that the right person gets elected.”
This explicitly goes against rule number 12 of the YUSU election regulations, which states: “Mass emailing is not allowed; candidates may only email people who have previously explicitly agreed to receive communications.”
In response to the allegation, Asfahani stated: “Clitheroe is not actually a member of my campaign team so I did not authorise, or know about the email until after it was sent. Since finding out about it, I have contacted Sam and made sure he sent a follow up email outlining Rob’s policies and with links to his Facebook group to make sure it is fair and equal”.
He continued to say: “This sort of publicity is flattering but not necessary, I don’t feel the need to resort to unfair tactics – it’s not the sort of campaign I intend to run”.