by Franz Jonathan dela Fuente and Alexandra Francisco
Five hours before polls close, turnout for the College of Mass Communication (CMC) hit 35.4 percent in today’s university and local council elections, according to College Secretary Danilo Arao.
Turnout was only eight percent at around 10 a.m., but more voters came at around 12 noon.
CMC polls opened at 8:30 a.m. today, but actual voting began 30 minutes later due to defective passwords.
According to Student Records Evaluator Ma. Theresa Cayron, some students claimed their online ballots could be viewed behind them, so dividers were placed in the CMC auditorium to keep bystanders from seeing the voters’ computer screens.
Five students voted manually because their names were not on the voters’ list due to late tuition payment, said Cayron.
Polls are expected to close at 7 p.m. to accommodate the evening classes of graduate students.