The victory of the “abstain” vote in the University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council elections must be a actuality examine to candidates who suppose they’ll sway voters by rhetoric alone, the Varsitarian mentioned.

In its editorial revealed May four, UST’s official pupil paper took the 2 political events in the college– Lakas Tomasino Coalition and Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino– to activity for missing “firm ideological roots.”

“Political parties in UST have become more like personality development programs, not a group of like-minded students fighting for a cause,” The Varsitarian mentioned.

“Candidates sound and look like they’re in a beauty contest. They lack fire in their bellies. They lack inspiration and thus do not inspire others,” it added.

The events’ lack of ideology, the paper mentioned, resulted in candidates’ ignorance on what their stand must be on urgent points which have been related to Thomasian voters.

“With the lack of honest-to-goodness political parties and candidates, the mandatory debates were a disaster to say the least; an utter embarrassment to the University’s intellectual reputation,” The Varsitarian mentioned.

The positions for brand new president, vice chairman, treasurer and auditor stay have been vacant after majority of Thomasian voters voted to abstain.

The Varsitarian mentioned the absence of elected officers for these posts will seemingly result in unelected officers turning into a part of the CSC.

While the victory of the “abstain” vote exhibits Thomasian voters will not be apathetic, the paper mentioned the dismal outcomes of the elections shouldn’t be repeated.

It urged the Commission on Elections to impose extra cheap accreditation guidelines so extra political events and candidates may run.

“Election officials should stop their annual practice of disqualifying parties and candidates on the slightest of technicalities, and allow a more diverse set of candidates to run for office,” it mentioned.