The ballots are in—and, apparently, the University of Santo Tomas' Central Student Council's (UST CSC) election results are just as controversial as its campaign period. This year, Thomasians paved way for a remarkable first-time win for “abstain” as they rejected candidates in four out of six positions in the CSC.
Two independent candidates won the positions of secretary and public relations officer, while the posts of the president, vice president, treasurer, and auditor remain vacant.
This move from UST students continues to spark controversy online as netizens argue whether it was the right action to make. Some say it was a good decision that Thomasians didn’t settle for “mediocre” candidates and that they abstained from voting people they deemed as “incompetent.”
Meanwhile, there were some people who thought that abstaining will have a negative effect on the UST CSC, and others even labeled students who abstained as "apathetic." However, there were netizens and students from other universities who defended the Thomasians and elaborated why the "abstain" votes of UST students say a lot about their political stance.
Most people believe that the candidates' response to national issues such as Martial Law was a big factor in the decision of many Thomasians to reject the candidates, while other students were turned off by their failure to deliver concrete steps on how they'd fulfill their platforms.
How about you? What do you think of UST students' decision to abstain? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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