March 4, 2015, 12:20 p.m. – THE UST Central Commision on
Elections (Comelec) has declared the third Friday of April as the official date
of student elections starting this academic year, in a resolution released
Tuesday.

Due to changes in the University’s academic calendar, “the
commission sees the necessity of adjusting the dates with regard to
election-based matters under the [UST Students’ Election Code] (USEC) of 2011,”
said Comelec Resolution No. 7.

This year’s local and university-wide elections will be on
April 17.

Filing of candidacies for Central Student Council (CSC)
positions will be on March 19. The certificates of candidacy “must be filed
[with] the Central Comelec not later than sixteen (16) school days before the
third Friday of April.”

The official list of candidates will be posted on March 23.
The campaign period will be from March 24 to 28 and April 7 to 15, a period of
twelve days.

Following the schedule released by the Office of the
Secretary General, there will be no classes during Holy Week. Thus the campaign
period will be suspended from March 30 to April 6.

Last academic year, the campaign period was held from Feb. 6
to 19 while the elections were conducted from Feb. 19 to 21.

Lakas Tomasino Coalition dominated last year’s CSC
elections, winning four out of six posts, including the presidency.

In every election, voter turnout must be at least 25 percent
of the student population, otherwise, failure of elections will be declared. Dayanara
T. Cudal

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