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2017 SUSG election kicks off with filing of candidacy

Ray Chen S. Bahinting

CANDIDATES FOR THE upcoming 2017 Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) elections can officially file their candidacy from Feb. 1 to 7.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has started its preparations for the elections starting with the official filing of candidacy, which is three weeks prior to the university-wide SUSG elections to be held on Feb. 22.

Although the COMELEC was formed late as well as the announcement of the filing of candidacy, COMELEC Chair Alain Rey D. Caballero is positive that the applicants will be able to submit the requirements for candidacy on time.

He said that the applicants have secured the requirements even before the announcement of the dates for the filing of candidacy.

These requirements, such as the Certificate of Good Moral Character, Certificate of Residency from the Registrar’s office, grade certification from the college and official copy of the unit load, will be reviewed by the committee before the announcement of the official list of candidates.

The election is for the next SUSG president, vice-president, and the next members of the House of Representatives.

As per COMELEC guidelines, a quality point average (QPA) of 2.5 is required for the presidency and vice-presidency, and 2.25 for the college representatives with a residency in SU of at least one year.

A candidate may run under a political party like Students Union for Reforms or SURE Party and the Concerted Action for the Upliftment of Student Endeavors or CAUSE Party. However, one can also run independently (not under any political party) for any position given that the requirements are passed.

Moreover, the registration for political parties is from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 at the SUSG office in Oriental Hall.

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