SC elections continue amid pandemic :: Urdaneta City University
Candidates for this year’s student council elections are all smiles for their constituents as they prepare to vie for their respective positions.

UCUians are eyeing for the revamp of student government as Student Council Committee on Elections (SC-COMELEC) in partnership with University Management and Information System (MIS) opened the polls for the Student Council Elections 2020 on October 5. 

This year's voting system is modified online using UCU portal accounts which allows students to participate in the electoral process through remote voting.

“As university observes leniency due to COVID-19, the MIS integrated the existing voting system into UCU portal since this is the primary platform where students can access university online services,” said Mr Warren Novio, MIS technical specialist, stressing the instalment of the modified voting system. 

Meanwhile, SC COMELEC Chair Harris G. Rubang (BA Comm) pointed out the challenges they encountered in pushing the SC Elections this year. 

“Hindi naging madali ang takbo ng student council election ngayong taon. Dahil nga nasa distance learning tayo or “new normal” hindi biro ang pinaghandaan ng Student Council COMELEC at maging ng administration ng university para maitawid ang aktibidad na ito.” Rubang said in an online interview. He also encouraged students to exercise their right to vote. 

“Para sa aking mga kapwa estudyante, nais kong gamitin ninyo ang inyong kapangyarihan para bumoto para sa mga susunod na student leaders ng ating unibersidad.” he added. 

SC Elections 2020 feature the electoral race between the Moral Academic Professional Excellence (MAPEx) led by its presidential candidate Nicolle Anne Dayrit (BS Nursing), and the League of Leaders (LOL) led by Jasmine Joy Valeroso (BSE- Social Studies) as its presidential aspirant. 

Fifteen student leaders will assume the SC posts which consist of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, auditor, PRO, and nine college representatives after the 3-day voting period from October 5-7, 2020.

This move is to ensure the continuity of functions, responsibilities, and services of the SC for the student body in this academic year.#

-James Robert Canlas