Comelec junks petition vs independent candidates
THE UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) has denied the petition filed by the Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (Lakasdiwa) disqualifying the six independent bets running for Central Student Council (CSC) posts.
“We find no merit in the petition of Lakasdiwa to disqualify the contested independent candidates,” the ruling read in a resolution issued by the Comelec, March 24, Tuesday evening.
According to the resolution, “Lakasdiwa failed to provide clear and convincing evidence that would support their contention,” and that “there is no showing of external actions exhibited by these individuals that would merit the connection that they are running not as an independent candidate, but as a political party.”
The matter was convened upon by the Comelec En Banc, the commission’s decision-making body which comprise of representatives from the 20 colleges and faculties of the University.
On Monday morning, March 23, Lakasdiwa filed a complaint questioning the eligibility of the independent candidates.
The complaint called to clarify the legitimacy of the candidates’ “independency,” accusing them of “masquerading as independent candidates” despite affiliation under unregistered political parties.
The party even provided screen grabbed images of online posts by some of the independent candidates to support their claim.
Likewise, Comelec dismissed the separate plea filed also by Lakasdiwa against tresorial candidate Roi Sergio Rey, a previous affiliate of the party, claiming he failed to submit any resignation or disaffiliation prerequisite.
However, Comelec found that Rey’s name failed to appear in the official roll of members submitted by Lakasdiwa.
Twelve candidates, half of which are running under the banner of the solely-accredited Lakasdiwa while the remaining half from the independent slate, will now vie for the six positions in the Central Student Council (CSC).
The twelve-day campaign period began on March 24 and will run until March 28 to make way for the Lenten break. It will resume on April 7 and will officially end on April 15.