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STAND-UST suspended; SDP regains accreditation

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POLITICAL PARTY Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UST (STAND-UST) will not be allowed to participate in the elections this academic year after it was suspended by the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Commission on Elections (Comelec) for not reaching the minimum number of members required for accreditation. In a resolution dated Oct. 24, the AB Comelec said STAND-UST submitted only 18 names of members when the minimum number of members for a local political party is 35, as stated in Article I Section 5 (h) of the UST Students’ Election Code (USEC) of 2011. AB Comelec Chairperson Ayla-Rhey Salapare said the supposed members of STAND-UST also had incomplete requirements, and that the political party did not submit a list of active alumni and a beginning f...
22 hopefuls file candidacy for ABSC polls

22 hopefuls file candidacy for ABSC polls

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TWENTY-TWO ARTLETS formalized their bids in this year’s Faculty of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) elections after filing their certificates of candidacy on March 27. Independent candidates and bets from political parties Dekada, Grand Alliance for Progress (GAP), and Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UST (STAND-UST) composed the preliminary list of aspiring ABSC officers. Students’ Democratic Party (SDP) was barred from participating in this year’s polls after failing to comply with the requirements for party accreditation. Eyeing the presidency are former ABSC auditor Brian Earl Leshen (Dekada), former The Political Science (PolSci) Forum vice president Reymark Simbulan (GAP), former SDP standard bearer Samantha Makayan (I...
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 ...
#ABHalalan2016: Aspiring ABSC officers file candidacy

#ABHalalan2016: Aspiring ABSC officers file candidacy

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TWENTY-SEVEN hopefuls formalized their bids in the upcoming Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) elections after filing their certificates of candidacy (COCs) yesterday. There were no independent aspirants in this year’s local polls as all bets came from the four accredited political parties in the Faculty namely Dekada, Students’ Democratic Party (SDP), Grand Alliance for Progress (GAP), and the newly-recognized Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UST (STAND-UST). Standard bearers of the political parties are former ABSC vice president for external affairs Ysabela Gabrielle Marasigan (Dekada), Political Science (PolSci) sophomore Samantha Makayan (SDP), former ABSC chief-of-staff Renz Joshua Miguel Esguerra (GAP), and Journalism junior Elizabeth Antho...