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Sole VP-Int bet withdraws candidacy; Comelec to reopen filing of COCs

Sole VP-Int bet withdraws candidacy; Comelec to reopen filing of COCs

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO SOLE Vice President (VP)-Internal bet China Ricci Vergara from the Students’ Democratic Party withdrew her candidacy on Wednesday citing personal and academic reasons, leaving the position temporarily vacant. Vergara’s withdrawal from the race was announced by the AB Commission on Elections (AB Comelec) hours ahead of the scheduled miting de avance on Thursday night. MEMO NO. 09 SERIES OF 2018-2019 RE: ON THE CANCELLATION OF AB SPECIAL ELECTIONS 2018 pic.twitter.com/4rwmYZLr8t — UST AB COMELEC (@ABCOMELEC) November 22, 2018 "I don't want to commit myself to something na half-hearted naman ako. It's not about who I work with, actually. [...] It's about the workload kasi and being an executive coordinator to internals committee head ay sobrang lakin
A search for leaders: Understanding the lack of candidates for PRO

A search for leaders: Understanding the lack of candidates for PRO

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN and FATE EMERALD M. COLOBONG IN THE two times that the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Commission on Elections (Comelec) opened the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the position of Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Artlets Student Council (ABSC), a position that has been vacant for about five months now, not one Artlet showed up to file a candidacy. The first filing of COCs was held on Sept. 13, while a second attempt was held on Oct. 15. The glaring disinterest of Artlets in vying for a seat in the council has led the Flame to ask: what could be the reason for the absence of candidates for PRO? Lack of qualified candidates For Comelec Chairperson Giselle Manzano, election rules and the shift to K to 12 may have contributed to th
AB Comelec eyes higher voter turnout due to automated elections

AB Comelec eyes higher voter turnout due to automated elections

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By ALI IAN MARCELINO V. BIONG THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expecting a higher voter turnout of 75 percent due to the revert from manual to automated system of voting and canvassing this coming central and local student council elections. “We believe that this year's elections will be less time consuming compared from last year since we are using an automated system. So the switch from manual elections to EVoSys (Electronic Voting System) could increase the total voter turnout not just in AB but in the entire Thomasian community,” AB Comelec Chairperson Ayla-Rhey Salapare told the Flame. Comelec’s expected 75 percent would be 2,351 students out of the 3,135 Artlets enrolled this semester as showed in the data from the Office of the R
Central Comelec junks STAND-UST’s appeal on sole bet’s disqualification

Central Comelec junks STAND-UST’s appeal on sole bet’s disqualification

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THE UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed the appeal of the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UST (STAND-UST) on Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Comelec’s decision to disqualify the political party’s lone bet for this year’s Arts and Letters Student Council elections because there was no “patently gross error” on the part of the local Comelec unit. In a letter to the appellants from STAND-UST dated April 3, Central Comelec legal head Joy Gabrielle Bedana said the commission cannot interfere with the decision of the local Comelec to disqualify STAND-UST’s presidential bet Rochel Ellen Bernido unless “there is a clear showing of a grave abuse of discretion.” “In the present case, however, the Commission cannot see any patently gross
AB Comelec hopes for high voter turnout in ABSC polls

AB Comelec hopes for high voter turnout in ABSC polls

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expecting to maintain last year’s voter turnout of 80 percent, even with the revert to manual system of voting and canvassing for this year’s central and local student council elections. “We expect to garner at least 80 percent of AB’s voting population, which is around 3,127 students,” AB Comelec Chairperson Maria Margarita Villarica told the Flame in an online exchange. “We are currently coordinating with the class presidents of each block so that we could coordinate their schedule for the elections.” AB has a total of 3,911 students for the second semester of this academic year, according to the data from the Dean’s Office. Last academic year, the Faculty’s voter turnout stood at 86.84 percent or 3,58
STAND-UST’s only bet disqualified to run for ABSC polls

STAND-UST’s only bet disqualified to run for ABSC polls

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    THE SOLE candidate of the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UST (STAND-UST) has been disqualified to run for president in the upcoming Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) elections. In a resolution released on March 31, the AB Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that STAND-UST’s standard bearer Rochel Ellen Bernido failed to submit one of the necessary documents for the filing of certificates of candidacy (COC) as provided by the local poll body. “Ms. Bernido filed her certificate of candidacy before the Legal Division at 4:51 pm on March 27, 2017 under the banner of STAND-UST for the position of president. However, Ms. Bernido failed to submit a resignation letter to the Commission as the Thomasian Film Society’s (TFS) direct
Manual voting a way to fair elections, says AB Comelec chair

Manual voting a way to fair elections, says AB Comelec chair

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THE DECISION of the UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) to revert to manual voting and canvassing for this year’s central and local student council elections could prevent the problems encountered in the previous polls, the chairperson of Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Comelec said. “I think that the Central Comelec’s decision is appropriate given the issue that happened last year,” Maria Margarita Villarica told the Flame in an online exchange. “We are doing the necessary precautions in order to secure honest and just elections for the students.” In a statement released online last Feb. 6, Central Comelec said that switching to manual voting and canvassing was deemed “best and necessary” and assured Thomasians that “the integrity and safety of the ballots are taken i
SDP denied accreditation this year

SDP denied accreditation this year

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POLITICAL PARTY Students’ Democratic Party (SDP) will not be allowed to participate in next year’s local elections after failing to get accreditation from the Faculty of Arts and Letters Commission on Elections (AB Comelec). SDP’s non-accreditation came after it failed to submit the necessary documents for accreditation as stated in the UST Students’ Election Code (USEC) of 2011. USEC states that all political parties applying for accreditation must submit two copies of their members’ conforme, registration forms, and photocopies of identification cards. SDP failed to submit a second copy of the said requirements on the day of filing of deficiencies last Oct. 26, AB Comelec Chairperson Maria Margarita Villarica explained. “When we found out that their requirements were not
GAP, SDP ask AB Comelec to declare poll failure

GAP, SDP ask AB Comelec to declare poll failure

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POLITICAL PARTIES Grand Alliance for Progress (GAP) and Students’ Democratic Party (SDP) demanded the Faculty of Arts and Letters Commission on Elections (AB Comelec) to declare this year’s Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) elections a failure due to “negligence and inefficiency” of the said poll body. In a letter addressed to AB Comelec Chairperson Kristoffer Dela Cruz last April 26, GAP and SDP raised some irregularities in the recently-concluded ABSC elections—which Dekada dominated, winning all seven positions—and questioned the local Comelec’s credibility and integrity. GAP and SDP said “there are students who were able to vote outside the Learning Resource Unit (LRU)" and thus requested that the votes cast outside the official voting precincts be considered null and v
AB Comelec, Flame join forces for ABSC polls

AB Comelec, Flame join forces for ABSC polls

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Commission on Elections (Comelec) and The Flame on Monday launched a voters’ education campaign to raise awareness and involvement in the Artlet community as the local student council election nears. Both parties signed a memorandum of agreement for the conduct of #ABHalalan: Voters’ Education Campaign and Special Coverage which aims to help Artlets make informed choices in electing the next set of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) officers. The education campaign also aims to educate students about the importance of the upcoming elections to the future of student leadership in the Faculty. #ABHalalan will deliver informative and extensive coverage to all ABSC election-related activities. “The reason for the partnership between the