In another election with limited pool of options, the candidates for the upcoming Samahan Central Board Elections 2020 were officially introduced yesterday at the Arrupe Hall.
Pinag-isang Lakas ng Samahan ng mga Progresibong Atenista (Piglasapat) banked on the concept of “the Ateneo dream” with their tagline “Your story, our hopes and aspirations. This is the Ateneo dream.”
The political party’s standard bearer is this year’s Secretary General Renz Allan Lacorte, while Samantha Cayona, his Junior Secretary General, is running for Secretary General. Rona Marie De Castro is running for Treasurer.
Aspiring cluster representatives from Piglasapat include Rholien Rhoi Verallo of the Accountancy cluster, Hannah Marie Yarso of Business and Management cluster, Gemarie Santos of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Karlo Alessandro Torreon of the Social Sciences, and Carl Maglinte of the Humanities and Letters.
On the other hand, the only representative from Bahaghari is Joshua Daquipil, who is aspiring to be the future School of Engineering and Architecture representative.
Two independent candidates brave this year’s election: Aileen Tagorda, running for the School of Education representative and She-chem Gaspillo, opposing Carl Maglinte.
Although the Humanities and Letters was the only cluster with two candidates running for its representative, being lone candidates do not necessarily guarantee victory.
“Technically speaking, just because they are lone candidates, they do not automatically get the spot. As stated by the SCB Elections 2020 Guidelines, the vote requirements for them to have a spot for the lone candidates, they must reach the quorum which is fifty percent plus one,” Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Legal Commissioner Nil Badilles announced.
The COMELEC also emphasized that the election results will only be valid if it will reach the minimum of fifty percent plus one of the student voting population.
“Choose leaders that best represent you and the student body,” Badilles added.
The Samahan Central Board Election will be this January 28-30.