Pedram releases video criticising Students’ Union decision to remove him from race

Written by Toby Cray

Pedram Bani Asadi released a two-minute video last night, 4 March, on Instagram that was critical of the Students’ Union’s decision to pull him from the race on 3 March.

Pedram was wearing a mask with a cross on it and standing at the same podium where he did his promotion video.

In the comment accompanying the video, Pedram wrote:

“I believe my voice has not been fairly treated and heard. My voters deserve an explanation as to the grounds of this decision.”

The presidential race is now left with just two candidates, but only one, Rhiannon Jenkins, has produced a manifesto, and campaigned.

When contacted the Students’ Union referred to their previous statement on 3 March, which stated:

“Following a number of complaints concerning a candidate participating in the University of Leicester Students’ Union Executive Elections 2021, we regret to inform students that Pedram Bani Asadi has been removed from the elections for President and NUS Delegate.

“Complaints regarding three separate, alleged breaches of the election regulations were referred to our Independent Returning Officer, as per the Union’s Election Regulations and Union By-Laws.”

Pedram stated in his video: “I want you to ask your Student Union what those breaches are then decide for yourself.

This is your union this was your candidate. You deserve to know.”

Toby Cray is a second-year journalism student at the University of Leicester. You can find him on Instagram here: @toby5.c

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