By Katherine Elona

College of Mass Communication (CMC) students will have a chance to make their voting preference public at tomorrow’s mock presidential election, said Journalism Department chairperson Marichu Lambino.

The Department of Journalism will be voting in a mock presidential election tomorrow, in line with CMC Week this coming March 1 to 5.

Results of the mock elections will not be revealed until March 2 in the CMC auditorium, during a media conference for CMC Week.

During the conference, the “winner” will be announced and the clips for the exit poll interviews will be shown. There will also be a discussion on the voting preference of the youth, and CMC Media Watch will read its demands and expectations on the next president, said Lambino.

“[Through the mock elections], we will have an insight into the voting preference of the CMC students [who] arguably are the more articulate of the UP Diliman student population,” said Lambino in an interview.

It is timely and important to know whom CMC students prefer because “as future media practitioners, they will determine the agenda for media content [and] if they make the right choice, they might influence other people,” Lambino added.

Automated Mock Polls

The initial plan of the department was to have a vice presidential forum. However, “only the bottom three of the eight vice presidential candidates agreed to come to UP for a debate,” said Lambino in a letter dated Feb. 17 to CMC Dean Roland Tolentino.

Lambino instead suggested to the department that an automated mock presidential election be held.

There will be two computers placed outside the CMC auditorium for the automated mock polls, which students are expected to participate in after voting for the university and college council elections.

There will also be video exit poll interviews to be supervised by Mae Hernandez, graduate assistant for the journalism department.

The software used in the last year’s University Student Council (USC) election will be the one used for the mock polls.

It is less “UP-specific” and it will not be “as rigid and as particular” as the upgraded version to be used in this year’s USC elections, said Rystraum Gamonez, president of UP Linux Users Group (UnPLUG), an organization from the College of Engineering that designed the software for UP elections.

The original software, however, was slightly modified for the mock polls. Instead of student numbers, students will only be given a particular number and a password for them to log in and vote. It will be tedious work to still apply the student number log-in system, “kasi kailangan pang i-import lahat ng student numbers,” added Gamonez.


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