Disclaimer: This post may sound offensive to everyone, but is just my opinion to the recent SAMAPULA (Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Agham Pampulitika ng Ateneo) election. If you are not used to read, rant/negative post please stop reading this.
The recent SAMAPULA officers decided to change the system of election. I don’t know the reason behind this. Maybe because they want us to follow the right way of electing the officers. Instead of raising our hands, the candidates are entitled to file their certificate of candidacy (COC) and we should follow the proper voting. I agree with the new election system because by that we will know their capacity and their capabilities of being a leader. So if the candidates are entitled to file their COC’s the officers are also entitled to a MITING DE AVANCE. But this did not happen. YOU SHOULD NOT CHANGE THE SYSTEM IF YOU CANNOT TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EXECUTING IT. It is in our voting rights to ask the candidates, to know how this future leaders govern SAMAPULA and to know that they did not just run for the sake of yearbook but because they want to help SAMAPULA. I also don’t like the way the officers presided the election. It was very informal. The room was crowded, people were cheering and laughing, and some of the candidates did not follow the instructions. Moreover, I think the officers should at least have formed an independent body who are responsible for counting the votes and laying the rules of campaigning.
For me, yesterday’s election is a Failure. I hope the aspiring candidates saw the shortcomings of the officers and improve it for the betterment of our club. Congratulations and good luck to the new officers of the SAMAPULA 2012-2013.