CSC secretary to lead student body next academic year

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(Photo by Mark Darius M. Sulit/The Varsitarian)

CENTRAL Student Council (CSC) President-elect Robert Dominic Gonzales said he would prioritize student representation when he begins his term next academic year.

Gonzales, a medicine sophomore who had served as CSC secretary, was elected with 17,175 votes. A total of 3,947 Thomasians opted to leave their ballots unanswered.

“[Thomasians ang] reason kung bakit ako nandito, kung bakit ako nakatayo ngayon dito. Sila rin ‘yong reason kung bakit ako mag-stay [sa CSC] at ipaglalaban ko ‘yon,” he told the Varsitarian in an interview.

Legal management freshman Krizia Milleny Bricio was proclaimed secretary, garnering 7,449 votes. She beat sole Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino candidate Karch Andrei Rafael and Lakas Tomasino Coalition (LTC) bet Nicholas Sia who garnered 4,804 votes and 3,875 votes, respectively. A total of 4,994 ballots were left unanswered.

LTC bet and political science junior Jan Rafael Lipat won as CSC treasurer with 12,093 votes, while a total of 9,029 ballots were left unanswered.

Sole candidate for auditor Patricia Claire Cruz, an accountancy freshman, was proclaimed auditor with 11,933 votes. A total of 9,189 ballots were left unanswered.

Physical therapy sophomore Ian Jericho Sun was proclaimed public relations officer with 10,591 votes. A total of 10,531 ballots were left unanswered.

The voter turnout for the this year’s University-wide elections dropped to 55.54 percent, or 21,122 out of 38,032 students, significantly lower than last year’s 68.72 percent or 26,148 out of 38,045 students.

The University Student Elections Code states that failure of elections could only be declared if candidates failed to secure the votes of at least 25 percent of the total population of the electorate.

Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairwoman Moriah Mendiola said next year’s Comelec should prepare for unforeseen events.

“Nahirapan kaming pagkasiyahin ‘yong three days and a half [na voting period]. Buti na lang mayroong voting precinct kaya medyo na-manage ng ibang college na makahabol sa turnout,” Mendiola said.

The next CSC Central Board of Students, the legislative arm of the council, will be composed of newly elected student council presidents of the different faculties and colleges.

They are Sean Matthew Sison (Accountancy), Lady Freja Gascon (Arts and Letters), Lyodychie Camarao (Civil Law), Hector Armando Sarion (Education), Jillian Joenn Enriquez (Education High School), Charlize Noelle Dimaunahan (Junior High School), Dale Ignatius Marollano (Senior High School), John Knight Gulla  (Medicine and Surgery), Lorenzo Gabriel Banayo (Pharmacy), Marieliz Quianzon (Physical Education and Athletics), John Michael Cruz (Philosophy), Rigel Kent Almonte (Rehabilitation Sciences), Bro. Siddharta Chiong, O.P. (Sacred Theology) Cameron Jilliane de Leon (Science) and Stephen Bataclan (Tourism and Hospitality Management).

The College of Architecture, College of Commerce and Business Administration and Faculty of Engineering local Comelec units declared failure of elections because of low voter turnout.

There were no candidates for president in the College of Nursing and Institute of Information and Computing Science student councils.

Voting for the CSC elections ran for three days, from April 24 to 27, after a suspension of classes was announced last April 23 due to the earthquake that hit some parts of Luzon the previous day.

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