By Katrina Alba and Edmark San Antonio
Tinig ng Plaridel / UPJourn.net
Contrary to what was earlier reported, the College Student Electoral Board (CSEB) of the National College of Public Administration (NCPAG) moved the deadline of filing for candidacy from Feb. 13 to 16 because the candidates failed to verify the documents required for the college student council elections.
NCPAG CSEB chair and college secretary Dan Saguil denied the Philippine Collegian report released Feb. 14 saying it was the candidates’ failure to submit a required P1, 500 cash bond that mainly caused the postponement. The amount would be used to fund a post-election cleanup.
Saguil said both local political parties, Practice of Administrative Leadership and Service (PALS) and Pursuit of Unity, Leadership, Service and Excellence (Pulse), didn’t have their documents for residency and academic standing checked with the student records officer, Aurora Villavicencio.
Section 7 in the NCPAG Student Council Election Code, Saguil said, directs candidates to file duly-accomplished certificates of candidacy together with the supporting documents to the chairperson of the electoral board not later than a specific deadline. This year, the deadline was 11:00 am on Feb. 13.
Since the papers weren’t verified by Villavicencio in time for the original deadline, Saguil gave the parties time to have them checked.
The filing of candidacy was rescheduled “to look like they (the parties) did not violate anything,” Saguil said. He said he didn’t want to disqualify both parties because it would result in a failure of elections, a violation of the NCPAG election rules.
The official tally of candidates was also finalized that day.