ISA dominates CMCSC elections
by Melissa Luz Lopez
Local party Interdependent Student-Centered Activism (ISA) clinched eight of the 13 seats for the College of Mass Communication Student Council (CMCSC) in Thursday’s polls.
ISA standard bearers Anj Sebastian and Macky Manicad will lead next year’s council after garnering more votes than Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) candidates Mots Venturina and Marlon Nombrado.
Incumbent CMCSC Treasurer Sebastian gained 295 votes, 43 more than former USC Councilor Venturina’s 252. Nombrado, meanwhile, fell 78 votes short of Manicad’s 300 votes to bag the vice chairperson seat.
ISA’s Mari Arambulo also won as secretary after earning 25 votes more than STAND UP’s Diana de Mesa.
Despite 115 abstain votes, Keisha Mayuga of STAND UP was able to secure the Treasurer seat after a mere eight-vote edge from ISA’s Chelsea Sullivan. Mayuga got 239 votes while Sullivan had 231.
ISA’s Carla Cucueco, meanwhile, edged past STAND UP’s Beata Carolino by winning 300 votes over the latter’s 229 to claim the position of College Representative to the USC.
The four departments of the College remained to be equally split between the two local parties, a trend in the College in the recent years.
STAND UP bagged the seats for the Journalism and Film departments, while ISA kept its hold on the Broadcast Communication and Communication Research departments.
Yski Rualo and Janelle Dilao of STAND UP bested ISA’s Elle Cabiling and Hannah Palima as Journalism representatives. STAND UP’s Robi Sarmiento and Che Tagyamon also secured the two spots for Film representatives over ISA’s lone candidate Butchito Campos.
Seats for Broadcast Communication representatives remained with ISA, whose candidates Ticia Soresca and Ria Tagle had won over STAND UP’s bets Ben Opinion and Pau Requesto.
Zyra Aquilizan and Padpad Paredes from ISA also snagged council seats as Communication Research representatives over STAND UP’s Jordan de Guzman.
Lower voter turnout
Only 585 of 1,019 or 57.4 percent of CMC students cast their votes Thursday despite the one-hour extension of the polling period.
The extension was allowed by the CMC Student Electoral Board to cover for the delay caused by server problems of Halalan UP, the host of the University-wide computerized elections.
CMC students were able to vote around 10:30 a.m., one and a half hours after the planned 9 a.m. opening.
The 57.4 percent turnout is almost five points lower than last year’s 62.25 percent, or 635 of 1,020 voters.