Lakas Tomasino, Lakasdiwa accredited anew to field bets in CSC polls

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TWO University-wide political parties are going to face off anew in the Central Student Council (CSC) elections after being accredited by the UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Central Comelec head Arvin Bersonda confirmed through a text message that Lakas Tomasino Coalition (LTC) and Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (Lakasdiwa) met the requirements set by the UST Students’ Election Code of 2011.

Last year, LTC and Lakasdiwa were the only political parties accredited by the Central Comelec. Alyansa ng Kristiyanong Lakas party was denied accreditation after failing to fulfill requirements for two consecutive years.

LTC dominated last year’s elections, getting five of six posts.

In a meeting between the Central Comelec and University-wide and college-wide political parties last March 4, the Central Comelec announced that the filing of candidacies would be on March 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the lobby ot Tan Yan Kee Students’ Center.

Two debates will be hosted by Central Comelec, Harapan and Tagisan 2017, on March 27 to 29 and April 6, respectively.

Comelec will hold room-to-room manual voting, abandoning online voting because of technical glitches last year.

The canvassing of votes will take place from April 22 to April 23 at the fourth floor of the students’ center.

The proclamation of winners will be on April 23.

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