FOR THE SECOND time in history, an international student, Daryl Robinson, Students’ Union for Reforms (SURE) Party standard-bearer, won the presidential bid in the 2018 Silliman University Student Government (SUSG) elections last Feb. 28.
With a margin of 243 votes, Robinson garnered 1559 votes, defeating Concerted Action for the Upliftment of Student Endeavors (CAUSE) Party’s standard-bearer Fionna Chuang, who got 1316 votes.
Robinson won in Junior and Senior High Schools, Institute of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences, Institute of Rehabilitative Sciences (IRS), College of Performing and Visual Arts, College of Business Administration (CBA), home college Arts and Sciences (CAS) and tied with Chuang in College of Computer Studies.
On the other hand, Vnzichro Sarno of CAUSE Party won the vice-presidency with 1687 votes against Achilles Israel of SURE Party who got 1144 votes.
Sarno won in all colleges and high schools except CAS and IRS.
Robinson is the current CAS governor. Turning 43 years old this year, the former US Navy highlighted his plans to focus on gathering more feedback from the student body, establish more collaborations among colleges and university offices, and improve information dissemination to students at the miting de avance last Feb. 26.
This is the second time Sarno won in an SUSG post in four attempts.
He ran as CBA representative but failed twice. “It was painful, but my dedication to serve others has never wavered,” Sarno said.
Last year, he won as college representative.
“If this doesn’t tell you of my devotion… to serve others, then I don’t know what will,” he said.
According to the SUSG Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the voters turnout this year was 36 percent.
Out of 7987 registered voters, COMELEC only counted a total of 2875 votes.
This year’s turn out is six percent lower from last year’s 42 percent.
COMELEC Chairperson Katrina Bahinting said, “We’ve tried to lobby for a different voting process. We opted shading instead of writing the names of the candidates so we’ve proposed a design for the ballots for shading…but then wala sya nalobby sa SUSG Assembly.”
She said that she talked with “non-partisan” students and the hassle of the voting process discouraged them from voting.
However, she remains positive that soon, SUSG will be open to “certain innovations to encourage more voters turnout.”
“Because what’s the point of having a student government if ang ning-vote ninyo, wala man gani nakaabot ug 50 percent, and you will see the expenses per party,” Bahinting added.