Downtown Campus Witnesses Grand Rally
Photo by Christine Suson
The candidates of the upcoming Student Supreme Council (SSC) elections gathered at the Wrocklage Yard of the USC Downtown Campus for the second leg of the Grand Rally yesterday, as organized by the USC Commission on Elections for all the candidates and political parties to be heard of their platforms. All three pollical parties, TINGOG Carolinian, Student Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (STAND) and the Student Power Party (SPP) were present.
Sixty-one candidates for the council presented themselves to the student body together with their platforms and projects. Incumbent and past councilors and presidents vouched for their candidates throughout the segment.
The second segment was the question and answer portion to the three different parties. Issues tackled ranged from the enrolment problems to the CLAYGO campaign, from school policies considered repressive to issues in the present SSC Council. Answers to these questions can also be found through the official Twitter account of Today’s Carolinian, @todaysusc.
After the open forum, the vice-presidential and presidential candidates presented themselves to the student body with their platforms and projects. An open forum with the three vice-presidential candidates was done afterwards. The candidates discussed issues regarding Monday’s transport strike, the right to representation, the revival of the ROTC in the tertiary level and the reinstatement of the death penalty in the country.
The presidential candidates also discussed some issues relevant to the students. The pending constitutional convention, vital principles that each of the parties that will uphold in their incumbency, unity among parties, collaboration together and among councilors, tuition fee increases, personal advocacies, among others, were issues raised and discussed by the presidentiables.
Around 16,000 Carolinians are expected to votes in selected precinct areas on Thursday, March 2, 2017.