By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN AFTER TWO special elections, the officers of this academic year’s Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) are now complete, with Grand Alliance for Progress’ candidate finally filling the position of auditor. GAP’s Gheck Barlis garnered 496 votes, outnumbering the 480 votes for Jose Antonio Rivera from the Students’ Democratic Party. A total of 334 ballots were void. In the previous special elections, Barlis, then sole candidate for auditor, obtained 1,149 votes but still lost to 1,155 void ballots. Her projects include an HIV awareness campaign and a time table of the development of the council officers’ platforms. Barlis said she plans to meet the audit committee head of the ABSC to update herself with the auditing matters du ring the position'
By MARIA EDEN T. DINO TWO ARTLETS are eyeing the two-time vacant position of auditor of the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC). Gherick Barlis of the Grand Alliance for Progress (GAP), the sole candidate for auditor last special elections, is running for the position for the second time after 1,155 void ballots previously outnumbered the 1,149 votes she obtained. "What motivated me is ‘yung 1,149 na bumoto sa akin at saka ‘yung experience ko noong campaign. I was ready noong tumakbo ako. […] I can say that I am more ready now to serve AB and to show them what I can do for AB,” Barlis told the Flame on Tuesday during the filing of certificates of candidacy. Also vying for the position of auditor is Legal Management junior Jose Antonio Rivera of the Students' Democratic
DISSATISFACTION WITH a candidate’s platforms is just one of the factors that would make a voter consider other options in a ballot. But what if the other candidates still seem unfit for the position they are running for in the student council? The voters would rather opt to abstain or rendering ballots void for a certain position might be the answer. This was the exact scenario that happened in the previous polls that led to the mass abstention not only in the Central Student Council (CSC) but also in the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC), where only four out of the seven positions were filled. In the ABSC, the candidates for vice president-internal, secretary, and auditor lost to 678, 766, and 671 abstentions, respectively. With the issue that arose after former CSC pres
By ALI IAN MARCELINO V. BIONG THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Aug. 29 ordered that special elections will be held to fill the vacant positions of vice president for internal affairs, secretary, and auditor of the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC). In a resolution, the AB Comelec, in accordance with a previous decision from the UST Central Comelec, deemed the positions won by “abstain” as permanently vacant. “[I]t is resolved by the Commission to fill the vacancies for the positions of Vice President-Internal, Secretary, and Auditor through special elections,” the resolution read. “As the sole regulatory body in AB with regards to student elections, it is our duty to promote fair, honest, and clean campaign and elections. Of co