SIX INDEPENDENT candidates have filed their certificates of candidacy for the upcoming Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board elections, with presidential, vice presidential and secretary bets expected to run unopposed.

All six candidates are running independently since no political party filed for re-accreditation and registration this year, UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairperson Lauren Eunice Navales told the Varsitarian.

Interim CSC Secretary Krizia Bricio was the lone applicant for the presidency. Bricio had a brief stint leading the council after CSC President Robert Gonzales went on a temporary leave of absence last year.

The lone seeker of the CSC vice presidency is outgoing Faculty of Arts and Letters Student Council Internal Vice President Gerald de la Cruz. 

Journalism junior Arnet Paguirigan was the only applicant for secretary.

Three students applied for the public relations officer (PRO) position: outgoing Institute of Information and Computing Sciences Student Council PRO Carl Jeric Mataga, former College of Commerce Student Council vice president Jerome Espinas and UST Pedagogue PRO Gabriele de Lara.

Filing a certificate of candidacy does not ensure a student’s eligibility to run for the central elections.

The Central Comelec will still review the students’ qualifications and release the official list of candidates on April 22.

The campaign period will run from April 22 to May 8, while the Miting de Avance: Tagisan (mandatory debates) will be on April 30.

The election period will be from May 10 to 12 and May 14 to 15, and the proclamation of new CSC officers will be on May 15. Jacqueline B. Martinez and Joanne Christine P. Ramos


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