Today we held elections for freshman representatives at school. In intramural politics, there are six duly elected representatives for each year level as well as seven national-level officers. The sophomore, junior and senior representatives and the national officers were elected last February, towards the end of the previous school year. Being a COMELEC representative, I was in the heat of the action.
The COMELEC seized the recently constructed Supreme Student Government (SSG) office and converted it to Elections HQ.
COMELEC officials hard at verk. Or so we think…
Meanwhile, outside, the underlings make merry at the receiving table. The dude with the cap, in the right half of the picture, is in charge of accepting election returns and ballots from COMELEC representatives who in turn are entrusted with the task of conducting elections.
Other COMELEC representatives crowding over whatever’s being displayed on that cellphone screen. Is it a racy photo of a schoolmate? A videotaped performance from a recent school singing contest? Text messages from an unknown person to Commissioner F?
Here’s a short walkthrough on the responsibilities of the COMELEC representative. After conducting elections in the section to which he is assigned, the COMELEC representative will take the ballots, ballot box and official election returns to Elections HQ. Seen above, a COMELEC member affixing her signature to an election return.
After conducting elections in a room of 60 students, a COMELEC representative is bound to want a bite to eat. And what better snack is there to enjoy than the chicken dog of unknown provenance! Its name makes it sound like something manufactured by a gray-haired wacko scientist in a top secret government facility than anything else, but no matter. Php5.00 for five pieces! They’re cheap, they’re delicious, buy them now!
Meanwhile, I sit in the sidelines, content with the somewhat aromantic life I lead. Siyempre naman I don’t miss out on any photo ops, noh. When I’m not taking pictures, I’m posing for them. Shown above, me with Miss A and Miss K.
That afternoon, a disturbance of the peace! A big, shiny red tank enters the school premises.
Eventually, the drill ended and students hurriedly retreated back to their classrooms. The official results of the elections were revealed shortly thereafter.
The following are the Official Results of the Agusan National High School Freshman Elections for School Year 2009-2010. A three-vote gap between Binongo and Rosales forced a recount. Original numbers (before recount) are indicated in parantheses next to final numbers (after the recount). Names of winners are underlined. Political party is indicated in parentheses.
- Bernales, Kristine (LEAD) – 932
- Binongo, Glyssa (SURE) – 863 (846)
- Borres, Rodnie (LEAD) – 531
- Calo, Sebastian (SURE) – 950
- Diolata, Cheyenne (LEAD) – 618
- Dominguez, Judy Ann (SURE) – 1, 211
- España, Lino (LEAD) – 825
- Gamboa, Kim (LEAD) – 1,028
- Maban II, Jimmy (SURE) – 668
- Maglajos, Jorome (SURE) – 855
- Rosales, Jul (LEAD) – 840 (849)
- Zaballero, Rommelyn (SURE) – 721
For years now, SURE Party has been the dominant political party in the school. At one point, all but two positions in the SSG were occupied by SURE members.
The domination of SURE in fact began with my batch. When I and my former partymates ran under the banner of SURE (it was called STAG back then, actually) as freshmen, we were the minority, the underdogs. But when we surprised everyone with a landslide 7-0 victory over the ruling majority, we brought about the winds of change.
The most recent elections’ results may not be as lopsided as when I was a freshman, but they are just as telling. SURE’s preponderance may have been glorious, but it may also be short-lived. The party leaders need to prepare heavily for the February national elections if they want to keep their power (or at least some of it) so that they at least leave the school and the party intact.
Still, no matter how hard they try, the opposing party will still sooner or later rise back to the top and take their turn in the carousel of supremacy. SURE will become the minority and lead the majority; everything old will be new again. That’s just how politics works. How soon that will happen is uncertain, but if the freshman election results are any indication, we won’t have to wait much longer.