by Shara Cayetano
Leaders for Excellence, Action & Development (LEAD CHE), the college-level arm of KAISA, remained the dominant party in the College of Home Economics Student Council (CHE SC) after clinching 10 out of 11 seats in Thursday’s elections.
LEAD chairperson candidate Odina Fungo ran unopposed, while vice chairperson candidate Cams Abandula gained 269 votes, 65 more than Juan Carlos Michelena from STAND UP.
The incoming CHE representative to the USC, Sarah Esguerra, also came from LEAD. Esguerra got 286 votes while STAND-UP’s Elith Beatriz Romero got 148.
All department representatives come from LEAD-CHE, with the exception of Home Economics, where STAND UP bet Shiela May Noceda ran unopposed.
Arianna Gopez bested Denelle Joyce Figuracion as Community Nutrition representative. Cara Leonardo was elected the representative for Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management department, earning 38 votes more than her opponent Irish Kaye Mamaril.
Unopposed candidates also took seats in four departments: Tentay De Leon for Clothing Technology, Jaimee Lopez for Family Life and Child Development, Les Francisco for Food Technology, and Jess Catedral for Interior Design.
Only 568 out of 1,142 (49.7%) of CHE students cast their votes this year, despite polling hours being extended until 7 p.m.