by Frances Josephine Espeso
Candidates from Student Action for Responsive Leadership in Tourism’s (START – AIT) dominated the Asian Institute of Tourism Student Council (AITSC) as election results broke April 21, 2016.
Incumbent Finance Councilor Jomar Ochoa from Student Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP – AIT (STAND UP-AIT), however, was elected as AITSC chairperson with 136 votes, with 11 votes more than START – AIT’s Ellaine Carbonell.
Jennifer Rucio from START AIT won as vice chairperson with 160 votes over incumbent Education and Research Councilor Megan Rolloda from STAND UP AIT, who got 110 votes.
Meanwhile, STAND UP AIT’s Jayson Jude Ramirez won as college representative to the University Student Council (USC) with 144 votes while START AIT’s Millie Yvonne Manaois got 119.
START AIT’s Jessiah Jarlego led the councilors with 158 votes under his belt; following are Zietchel Ignacio (START AIT ) and Sharmaine Badong (STAND UP AIT), each with 157 votes; Fershelyn Callejo (START AIT) with 132 votes, and Katherine Mallari (START AIT) with 121.
Beatriz Duñgo from START AIT was elected as second year representative after getting 55 votes with no opponent; Erika Canillo (START AIT) is third year representative with 32 votes versus STAND UP AIT’s Nadia Rodriguez (23 votes), and STAND UP AIT’s Jennifer Ajero is fourth year representative with 43 votes against Angelica Lapeña (START AIT) with 18 votes.
AIT’s official voter turnout is 77.09% as opposed to last year’s 80.13%.