by Frances Josephine E. Espeso

The Student Electoral Commission (SEC) released on March 31 the official list of candidates for the 2016 College of Science Student Council (CSSC) elections.

Except for the position of CS Representative to the University Student Council (USC), all run unopposed.

Incumbent Councilor Juan Antonio Magalang from the National Institute of Physics (NIP) is up against STAND UP’s Adrian Villareal and UP ALYANSA’s Mika Cadiz for CS Representative to the USC.

All candidates except for Cadiz and Villareal are part of MATTER (Matatag Aktibo Tunay Tumutugon Epektibo Responsable), the sole political party of CS.

This is the first time MATTER has a candidate running for said position on its slate.

Incumbent Assistant Representative of the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS), Aran Mendoza, meanwhile, was excluded from the list. Mendoza was supposed to run for CSSC Councilor.

CS SEC member Maureen Tejada said Mendoza failed to comply with the grade requirement needed to run for a the councilor post.

According to the 2010 Student Guide of UP Diliman, under the Article III of the Revised UPD Student Election Code, candidates must be of good academic standing as defined by the University of the Philippines System Code.

MATTER’s Joshua Jethro Jedidiah Malimata from NIP is the sole candidate for CSSC chairpersonship.

Michaela Ticman, incumbent Assistant Representative of the Institute of Mathematics (IM), is running for vice chairperson.

Angelica Mae Camille Dizon, Jasper Dumalaog, Katrina Isabel Elicaño, Jelaine Gan, and incumbent NIP Asst. Representative Christian Benedict Guevarra are running as CSSC councilors.

Running for institute representatives include Nicole Mae Picart for the Institute of Biology, Hannah Joyce Amoncio for the Institute of Chemistry, Janica Mae Nablo for NIGS, Lean Dominic Labalan for IM, Joelle Noriko Galang for the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Michael Nicholas Go for NIP.

The university elections will be held on April 21, Thursday.


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