by Lowell Fredrick Madrileño
Local parties ISA and STAND-UP failed to complete their roster of candidates after the College Student Electoral Board (CSEB) released the final list for the College of Mass Communication Student Council (CMC-SC) candidates on Feb. 4, as official campaign period starts Monday.
Petitions were made after the initial list was released Jan. 28 but only the request for reinstatement of Sherwin Ian Su, ISA’s CMC chairperson candidate, was granted.
Despite appeals, ISA’s Christine Laungayan, Communication Research department representative candidate and Dana Mengote, graduate studies representative candidate did not make it to the final list.
STAND-UP has no candidate for college representative. College representative candidate Nigel Patrick Cornel (ISA) is running unopposed.
CSEB head Lourdes Portus said Mengote’s candidacy was rejected because Mengote, who finished BA Broadcast Communication in 2004, entered graduate studies as a freshman in 2009, therefore not meeting the electoral code’s qualifications for residency.
Laungayan was also disqualified because of a one and a half year absence from the college prior to her filing of candidacy, Portus said.
Laungayan was an exchange student in Hallym University in Chuncheon, Korea last year.
Portus said that confidence voting would be applied to offices with only one candidate, which means that the lone candidate–in this case ISA’s Cornel–has to get the majority of all the votes on Feb. 24, Election Day.
Last year both ISA and STAND-UP fielded complete slates, with 13 candidates each.