De La Salle Lipa Committee on Elections (Comelec) opted for another extension in the filing of candidacy, following their prior extension that ended with only 32 candidates, with two executive positions vacant.
The first deadline of filing was last Feb. 16, but was moved to Feb. 21 after no one applied for the positions in the Executive Council.
After the second deadline, Comelec revealed that there were already lone candidates who have filed for the executive positions of president, vice president, secretary, and public relations officer, but none for executive treasurer and auditor.
With this, Comelec said that they are extending the period for filing until Feb. 28.
In a written report by Comelec, it was stated that it was Student Government Executive President Serine Obviar who asked for the second extension of filing of candidacy during a meeting yesterday, Feb. 22.
“We’ve looked at every angle, the pros and cons. Our concern for the next administration led us to the decision to extend the filing,” the report said.
Despite the mishaps in the schedule of filing, Comelec assures that elections will still be held on April 16-20.
“Although some of the original plans were disrupted, we are still trying to serve the student body by giving them an ideal election,” the report said.
Meanwhile, Comelec Chairperson Juan Antonio Magnaye expressed his dismay after the small turnout of candidates for this year.
“Nakakalungkot na halos walang magkakalaban dun sa mga candidates. Expected na rin naman namin to since lumiit nga ang population ng school kasi wala nang mga 2nd year, eh ang first year naman hindi makakatakbo for an executive position,” he said.