By Nathan Angelo B. Cruz | Web Manager
Vol. XCI No. 11
Dec. 6, 2019
Grade 11 Senior High School (SHS) students of Silliman University cast their votes to elect new representatives for the second semester.
The students voted in three different ballot boxes located at Roble Hall based on their strand, selecting a mayor, a vice-mayor and a treasurer each from either the Leaders Eager to Serve (LETS) or Catalysts of Change (COC) parties.
For the Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM) strand, the officers are Lloyd Dadulo (COC), mayor; Jonn Yrad (LETS) and Luis Reyes (COC), vice-mayors; and Rigo Kirit (LETS), treasurer.
For Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), the officers are Enrica Dinopol (LETS), mayor; Vander Velez (LETS), vice-mayor; and Julianna Taring (LETS), treasurer.
Finally, the officers from Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS), Sports, Arts and Design (A&D), and Technical Vocational Livelihood (TVL) are Anica Manaligod (COC), mayor; Joey Claret (COC), vice-mayor; and Celeste Piñero (LETS), treasurer.
The number of voters registered at 370 out of 637 for STEAM, 99 out of 140 for ABM, 67 out of 88 for HUMSS and 16 out of 27 for A&D, totaling 552 out of 892 for a 61.88 percent voter turnout.
According to Chona Crouch, SHS Chairperson of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), they used a different process of vote counting for this year. The three ballot boxes separated by strand were counted and tallied simultaneously and could be recounted upon request of the poll watchers from both parties.
The rules during the counting process were made stricter, like the confiscation of phones for those whose presence is in the room.
“I can really recommend this to the next COMELEC members. I think it’s more efficient … and it was faster as well,” Crouch said.
She stated her hopes for the next election of core SHS student council officers this coming February to use electronic method and not hand-counted.