Besides the national elections this coming 2010, Lasallians in DLSUD are also bracing for an election of their own, the kind that will select the next set of student-leaders to run and manage the University Student Council and the various College Student Councils in every college.
Legal experts are saying that Omnibus Election Code and many of our elections laws need to be updated, in order to bring them to speed with kind of politics our society has today. The same could be equally said of the election laws in DLSUD. It may only be used to govern the conduct of elections for a student government with more or less 11,000 students as its constituents, but the idealism and the student-politics in DLSUD is but a microcosm of the real-life politics outside of the campus.
So, the 2004 version of the Election Code has deemed inadequate, out-dated, and full of ambiguities. With respect to the drafters of the 2004 E-Code, the need for its revision is proof that in a span of four years, the student politics of DLSUD has evolved into a whole new level.
Hence, the 2008 E-code we’re implementing and promoting nowadays at school.
Obviously, the 2008 version is much more longer than its 2004 predecessor. In most respects and practical purposes, the new version is an expansion and clarification of the previous one. A result of filtering, sifting and consolidating the past experiences of political parties, student leaders, the University administrators and of course the student-commissioners themselves, from the problems that arose and the unnecessary limitations imposed by the old election code.
Briefly, the 2008 E-code has been expanded to cover the ordinary, non-partisan students, their conduct, behavior and liability with regards to the student elections. Political parties have been granted the freedom to conduct activities all throughout the year as opposed to limiting their “activeness” only during election season. The University Student Commission on Elections has been renamed Student Commission on Election, complete with a new organizational structure for a more flexible and efficient electoral board.
What else? We’ve also laid down a much clearer process of amending and revising the Election Code itself, so that when the time comes, in the distant future, the next set of student-leaders would be guided accordingly to bring the E-code on par with their edge.
I’d be talking about the specific parts of the E-code on the following days, hopefully, me fellow DLSUD students would be educated and motivated to actively participate in campus politics.