Words by John Albert Pagunsan
The Central Electoral Board (CEB) set April 11 and 12 as dates for this year’s University Student Council (USC) – College Student Council (CSC) elections. The initial dates April 15 and 16 were replaced after members of the board raised concerns that it will hit Holy Week which can affect this year’s voters turnout.
The board set 8:00AM, March 11 as the start of the filing of candidacy at candidates’ local Office of the College Secretary (OCS) while 11:30AM on March 18 as the deadline.
CEB will convene on March 19 to approve the list of official candidates and to receive the list of official voters, election officers, campaign managers, and party officials as well as to discuss the election guidelines. Protests on the list of official candidates will be entertained until 12 noon on March 25. Then, the protests will be deliberated by the CEB on March 26.
Other events part of the elections are as follows:
|March 20||Release of Official Candidates|
|March 20 (1:00pm) – April 9 (11:59pm)||Official Campaign period|
|March 25||UPLB Perspective Interview with candidates
Demonstration of computerized voting system – UP Halalan
|April 2||UPLB Perspective Electoral Debate|
|April 10||CSC Miting de Avance (before 7:00pm)
USC Miting de Avance (7:00pm-10:00pm)
The deadline of the election report will be on 10:00AM, April 15. Party and independent candidates are required to submit notarized financial reports as well as to remove all campaign materials on April 24.
Election protests and assessments will only be accepted until 5:00pm, April 26. The CEB will then convene on April 29 to hear election protests and assessment. Thereafter, election results will be submitted to the Office of the Chancellor on May 2. Elected candidates will have their Oath Taking on May 6 with the Chancellor.
The Central Electoral Board is the a body that administers and oversees the USC-CSC elections. The board is composed of Atty. Eleno Peralta of OSA as Chair, Prof. Rocky Marcelino of SOAD as Co-Chair, college secretaries, USC Chairperson John Joseph Ilagan, UPLB Perspective Editor-in-Chief John Albert Pagunsan, and chairpersons of college student councils. [P]