Current Affairs of the Student Council Election
The student council candidate for 2021 is S:Energy, pronounced as synergy. A student council must undergo the steps of registering as a candidate, electioneering, and go through the voting period before they are officially elected. Three days are given for registering, two weeks for electioneering, and another three days for voting.
The student council election campaign for 2021 began on November 3rd. Yet, two days later a controversy regarding the election campaign arose. Correspondingly, the election went back to square one on November 9th, which should have been the beginning of the electioneering. The only difference in schedule would be reducing three days of electioneering to use them for the registration of the candidates.
Controversy Regarding the Student Council Election
The announcement of the 53rd election commission of Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), nullifying the candidate registration of S:Energy, was posted on the official Instagram account, and it marked the beginning of the controversy. It was speculated that the online survey held on Google Forms, which was to gather recommendations, was miswritten. In a post, regarding the issue, S:Energy underwent an investigation, in reference to the election rule of article seven paragraph one, and was given three warnings. Moreover, receiving three warnings meant deprivation of qualifications as a candidate. Although many Kingos were curious about the reasons for the nullification of the candidate, the chairman of the election committee in the Natural Sciences campus announced to give no details of the issue to avoid slander.
In light of this controversy, some Kingos would like to voice out regarding the election. It has been noted, Kingos were not well informed about the election. Some were surprised an election had been going on, and they mostly found out through the controversy. The student council plays an important role in the whole school year as the medium of communication between the students and the school. The lack of proper announcement has caused many students to be disappointed and confused. Most announcements are posted on Instagram or Facebook, which leaves out Kingos who don’t have social media. Furthermore, most students easily lose contact and fail to catch up with school events because they do not come to school due to the pandemic. It would be better if the announcements were also being notified on Kingo-M for everyone to get informed.
Pledges of the 2021 Student Council
Under S:Energy, there are two teams working separately: one for the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus and another for the Natural Sciences Campus. On November 18th and 19th, a public hearing was held on each campus regarding their pledges. The pledges are about better welfare, education, tuition, communication, and human rights and culture. Among them, two key pledges will be discussed in this article. More detailed information can be checked on the official Instagram account of Iruri, the student council of 2020.
In terms of better welfare, they have pledged to improve the welfare of the graduates, the printer system in the school grounds, the school apps, and the shuttle bus from the Humanities and Social Sciences Campus to the Natural Sciences Campus and vice versa, as well as a number of other improvements. Regarding better education, they have pledged to improve the grade discloser system, revitalize the seasonal semesters, stabilize the newly adapted challenging semesters, and improve the i-Campus system. They have made it clear that their goal is to make the school systems more comfortable and practical for students to use, overall, stating that they would do their best to give the needed benefits that the school can provide for the students.
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