De La Salle Lipa Committee on Elections (Comelec) embraces digital campus with its plan to shift from a manual ballot voting system to an online one, through Google Forms.
Juan Antonio Magnaye, Comelec Chairperson, shared that the transition will be done to avoid delays in the tallying and posting of Student Government (SG) election results, like what happened last school year.
“The reason kung bakit matagal kami nakapaglabas ng final tally of votes [last year] ay dahil maraming [nag-request] ng recounting. It took us almost 5 times of tallying the students’ votes bago namin i-release yung final tally,” he said.
“Once na online elections na gagawin namin, mas efficient, mas mabilis ang counting and less hassle sa mga estudyante ang pagboto,” he added.
He said that the online voting system will also allow students having their on-the-job trainings to vote.
According to Magnaye, they are collaborating with the Student Activities Office (SAO) and the Information Communications and Technology Center (ICTC) for a pilot testing.
He said that the online elections will happen through Google Forms in which only DLSL email accounts will be accepted.
Meanwhile, he explained that they will ensure security through providing receipts that the students will receive after they finished voting, verifying that they have already casted their vote.
“Once na makaboto kayo with your DLSL e-mail account, locked na yung link. May receipt kayong mare-recieve sa e-mail nyo once you’ve voted. Nakikipag-coordinate kami sa Discipline Office na once may mapatunayang gumawa ng anything na pinagbawal namin sa guidelines, may sanctions kami na ipapataw,” Magnaye said.
However, students who choose not to cast their votes are not going to be put on hold.
“Right nila ‘yon kung ayaw nila. We encourage them to vote [pero] ‘di namin pinipilit,” he said.
The Student Government elections will happen on April 16-20.