LESS than a month after being proclaimed on the Central Judiciary Board’s orders, four Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board officers who lost to “abstain” votes in the April elections have resigned, Office for Student Affairs Director Ma. Socorro Guan Hing told the Varsitarian on Thursday.
Steven Grecia, Gabriela Sepulchre, Daveson Nieto and Richard Javier, who were proclaimed on Aug. 25 as president, vice president, treasurer and auditor, respectively, rejected their positions on Monday and filed resignation letters.
“I am confirming that [the officers] have resigned. In their letter, they said that in whatever capacity they are needed, [they] are still willing to serve [the Thomasian community],” Guan Hing told the Varsitarian in an interview on Sept. 14.
The officers resigned to “maintain unity” among Thomasians amid clamor, particularly on social media, for them to reject their positions to pave the way for special elections, she added.
UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Arvin Bersonda lauded the resignations.
“It was a well-fought battle and I commend them for hearing out the Thomasian electorate,” Bersonda told the Varsitarian in a text message.
Comelec proclaimed the four officers on Aug. 25 on orders of the Central Judiciary Board to declare winners the candidates with the highest number of votes next to “abstain” in the student council elections.
The judiciary board last July 24 nullified Comelec’s May 10 resolution that declared the positions president, vice president, treasurer and auditor vacant.
The CSC’s judicial arm ruled that the Comelec should not have included “abstain” along with the names of the candidates in the ballots used during the elections, as it violated Article 10, Section 5 of the UST Students’ Election Code of 2011.
Bersonda said the Comelec would soon release a resolution on the resignation of the officers, and would adhere to the CSC Constitution in addressing the vacancies in the CSC Executive Board.