INDEPENDENT candidates nearly swept the slate of Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (Lakasdiwa) in this year’s Central Student Council (CSC) elections, winning five out of six CSC Executive Board positions including the presidency.

Independent candidate Anna Mariz Mangalili will lead the University-wide student council for A.Y. 2015-2016 as the next CSC president, after a lopsided victory over incumbent CSC secretary and Lakasdiwa standard bearer Rosevielentine Rosales.

Mangalili, a junior Management Accounting student, won a total of 15,718 votes (56 percent), higher than the 8,916 votes (32 percent) obtained by senior Clinical Pharmacy student Rosales. Eleven percent of the total voting population, or 3,340 students, abstained.

“Gusto ko munang makilala ‘yung mga nanalong CSC officers kasi kailangan naming mag-work ng maganda para may maganda kaming output para sa students,” Mangalili said in an interview with the Varsitarian after the proclamation of winners at the Plaza Mayor last April 17.

Senior Architecture student John Louis Tingzon, the lone winner from Lakasdiwa, will be next CSC vice president after winning 12,189 votes (43 percent).

Tingzon defeated incumbent CSC auditor and sophomore Travel Management student Patricia Alexis Canoza, who got 10,446 votes (37 percent). A total of 5,281 students (19 percent) opted to abstain.

Maria Yvonne Erica Yap, a Political Science junior, is the next CSC secretary, winning 17,255 votes (61 percent). This was 10,634 votes higher than the 6,621 votes (24 percent) obtained by junior Communication Arts student Nazka Alecksia Tantay of Lakasdiwa. A total of 4,024 students (14 percent) chose to abstain.

Another independent candidate, Roi Sergio Rey, a Marketing Management freshman, won the post of CSC treasurer with 12,474 votes (44 percent), defeating Management Accounting junior Lene Benette Gabriel of Lakasdiwa who got 10,452 votes (37 percent). A total of 4,945 students (18 percent) abstained.

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CSC chief of staff Zeth Renae Raquedan, a junior Medical Technology student, was proclaimed the next CSC auditor after he won 13,935 votes (49 percent). He defeated Financial Management freshman Veronica Jalandoni of Lakasdiwa, who got 8,546 votes (30 percent). Meanwhile, 5,379 students (19 percent) abstained.

For the position of public relations officer, Civil Engineering freshman Ranel Simon Rey won with 14,060 votes (50 percent), beating Interior Design sophomore Justin Miguel Co of Lakasdiwa who got 8,766 votes (31 percent). A total of 5,197 students (18 percent) opted to abstain.

Winners of the local student council elections were also proclaimed together with the new set of CSC officers. The newly-elected presidents of the different faculties and colleges of the University will become members of the next Central Board.

They are Joanne Clara Paguia (Accountancy), Jan Dominic Castro (Arts and Letters), Audrey Bianca Navia (Architecture), Robin Ramos (Civil Law), Jhunnel Sarajan (Commerce and Business Administration), Maria Celina Castro (Education), Gabriel Torrecampo (Education High School), Marie Vanzuelo (High School), Sharlene Santiago (Engineering), Mikel Villamora (Fine Arts and Design), Kenneth Gacula (Medicine and Surgery), Aemillio Cecilio Enginco (Music), Shera Heart Go (Pharmacy), Rei Opina (Philosophy), Janela Love Nartates (Physical Education and Athletics), Catherine May Ortega (Rehabilitation Sciences), and Hariett Marie dela Cruz (Tourism and Hospitality Management). Meanwhile, the College of Nursing has put the proclamation of its winners on hold due to pending complaints.

Elections were held from April 14 to 17.

This year, 69 percent or 28,161 out of the population of 40,639 students, data from the Registrar showed, participated in the University-wide student elections, the highest turnout in eight years. Roberto A. Vergara, Jr.

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