USC, LSG to confer on Magna Carta referendum

Out of 7 140, 94 percent or 6 712 voted yes while only 5. 27 percent or 376 students said no.

by Victoria Uy

The University Student Council (USC) and Law Student Government (LSG) will still deliberate the next course of action on the Magna Carta referendum after the vote counting on January 25, said Secretariat Committee Councilor Viko Fumar.

Out of 7 140, 94 percent or 6 712 voted yes while only 5. 27 percent or 376 students said no. Meanwhile, 35 ballots were cast without votes, 17 were unsigned, and 108 were lost.

As per USC, lost ballots are those administered to voters according to the signatures in the voters’ list, but were not in the ballot boxes. Excess ballot votes which are not registered are subtracted from the yes votes to make the vote counting conservative.

Fumar also mentioned the magna carta must gain approval from a university-wide student referendum to reflect the support of the student body. He said that support from students must be evident through a high number of voters before the referendum can be presented to the University Council.

The USC will still determine the reliable number of voters that can represent the whole UP Diliman student population with the help of School of Statistics Student Council.

For academic year 2015-2016, the Office of the University Registrar website estimates 18, 625 undergraduate students in UP Diliman.

The UP Diliman Students’ Magna Carta aims to codify the rights and privileges of every UPD student, binding and enforceable among the different stakeholders of UP.

A legal team that consisted of students from the College of Law and a Drafting Commission composed of representatives across local student councils, sectors, and the general student body were especially created for the Magna Carta.

Breakdown of votes per college is as follows:

School of Economics
YES – 505
NO – 15
UNSIGNED – 2
SPOILED – 6
LOST – 0

School of Statistics
YES – 299
NO – 6
UNSIGNED – 1
SPOILED – 2
LOST – 0

School of Information and Library Studies
YES – 182
NO – 27
UNSIGNED – 2
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 36

Asian Institute of Tourism
YES – 64
NO – 8
UNSIGNED – 0
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 4

College of Music
YES – 240
NO – 10
UNSIGNED – 3
SPOILED – 13
LOST – 1

College of Social Work and Community Development
YES – 41
NO – 9
UNSIGNED – 1
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 1

National College of Public Administration and Governance
YES – 166
NO – 6
UNSIGNED – 4
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 0

College of Education
YES – 152
NO – 17
UNSIGNED – 1
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 0

College of Arts and Letters
YES – 236
NO – 17
UNSIGNED – 0
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 0

College of Architecture
YES – 175
NO – 6
UNSIGNED – 0
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 0

College of Fine Arts
YES – 61
NO – 6
UNSIGNED – 0
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 0

College of Home Economics
YES – 491
NO – 24
UNSIGNED – 2
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 14

College of Human Kinetics
YES – 127
NO – 3
UNSIGNED – 1
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 1

College of Science
YES – 446
NO – 23
UNSIGNED – 2
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 0

College of Engineering
YES – 1,445
NO – 68
UNSIGNED – 3
SPOILED – 3
LOST – 25

College of Mass Communication
YES – 187
NO – 59
UNSIGNED – 0
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 4

College of Business Administration (Virata School of Business)
YES – 611
NO – 13
UNSIGNED – 4
SPOILED – 1
LOST – 0

College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
YES – 656
NO – 36
UNSIGNED – 6
SPOILED – 0
LOST – 5

College of Law
YES – 336
NO – 3
UNSIGNED – 1
SPOILED – 1
LOST – 0

Author: TNP

The Official Student Publication of the UP College of Mass Communication.