By Clarisse Osteria and Shaira Panela
Tinig Ng Plaridel/UPJourn.net
Past experiences of student leaders in the College of Human Kinetics (CHK) student council have led to lack of interest among students to run for the positions.
“Nobody wants to run since the council is usually overworked,” Marla Cuerdo, CHK Student Relations Officer said.
CHK representative Lester Yupingkun said the council performs duties that should otherwise be the concern of the administration.
“Since the administration provides little support to varsity teams, the council busies itself in supporting the teams instead,” Yupingkun added.
As a result, only six out of 12 council posts are expected to be filled for this year’s elections.
Among the six candidates are incumbent CHK representative Yupingkun who is running as chairperson, Sports Science major Niko Paolo Francisco, as councilor, Shereen Badoy as Sports Science representative, John Michael Cargo and Charmie Christine Tomaneng as Physical Education representatives, and Denise Ann Espiridion as Certificate in Sports Science representative.
Raymund Salvador, Sports Science major and member of KAISA is the sole candidate for CHK representative.
Since all candidates are running unopposed, a majority vote is needed for each to win. Assuming the college has achieved 50+1% voter turnout, a special elections will be held to fill the vacant positions.
“If no one else runs, there is a possibility of appointing existing members to other council positions,” said Yupingkun.
All the candidates are running with no direct party affiliation. Since 2006, candidates have run as independents though they have been identified with certain political parties. For example, Michael Gonzales and Mik Fajardo of STAND-UP won as CHK representative consecutively. Yupingkun, a KAISA member, is now running independent as council chairperson.
With reports from Jenin Velasquez