Opponent Mohammed Hussein came in with 670 votes to Fayed’s 839.
Election results on April 28 were too close to call - a nine-vote difference in Alaa’s favor – leading the Student Judicial Board to call for a re-vote.
Eleventh hour campaigning was intense as Fayed and Hussein supporters lobbied for last-minute swing voters earlier in the week.
Fayed, who had spent the past two days in fierce campaigning, fainted from the duress and was rushed to the clinic by supporters in early Thursday evening. One of his supporters told The Caravan that Fayed had not eaten since Wednesday and suffered a sudden rise in blood pressure; he left the clinic a half hour later.
The candidates had spent much of April campaigning extensively throughout campus, utilizing text messaging, Blackberry messenger broadcasts, and social media. In keeping with tradition, the candidates also presented their ideas and vision for the new union in a debate on April 14.
A third candidate, Ahmed Khalil, withdrew from the race after the sudden death of architecture student Mohammed Badran, one of his campaigners.
Fayed is the current Theatre and Film club president. He has participated in several activities within the SU as well as other clubs, and has been involved with the First Year Experience program (FYE).
He was the general manager for the academics committee, a member of the PR and activities committees at the US, and has worked in various university offices, such as the Office of Student Development (OSD), freshmen advising, Alumni and the Communication and Marketing Department.
One of Fayed’s platforms is to further the cooperation between the Student Union and campus clubs.
“The SU should get out of its bubble and support all the other activities instead of competing with them,” he previously told The Caravan.
Fayed’s presidential program includes solving registration hiccups, addressing academic problems and raising awareness on and off campus.
Hussein, an architecture senior and the opposing candidate, is the current vice-president of the SU. He has worked for the SU’s PR committee, Model United Nations (MUN), and the architecture association.