|A student is participating in the voting at the Building of Social Science and Business Administration.|
|/Photograph by Im Chae-hyun|
From November 28th to 30th, Dongguk University had a three-day voting period for the 49th General Student Council (GSC) and the 30th General Coed Student Council (GCSC). Park Kyoung-gun (Junior, Public Administration) and Kim Min-ju (Junior, Food Industrial Management), of Check-Mate Party were the sole candidates for the chairperson and vice chairperson of the 49th GSC. Similarly, Kim Ye-jin (Sophomore, Law) and Kang Hyun-joo (Sophomore, Korean Language & Literature) of Ready-Action Party were the sole candidates for the chairperson and vice chairperson of the 30th GCSC.
After the voting period, on December 1st, the Central Election Management Committee announced that the two parties all failed to be elected as student representatives as a result of low voter participation. It is stated in regulations that the election can become official only when more than 50 percent of the total electorate participates in voting. Also, if there is a single candidate, he or she has to gain a majority vote in favor among the total number of votes in order to be elected.
However, this year, both elections for the 49th GSC and the 30th GCSC could not reach the margin number. The former gained 42.31 percent of the total electorate, which was 5,234 out of 12,371, while the latter gained 45.1 percent of the total electorate, which was 2,669 out of 5,918.
On December 6th, an election evaluation meeting was held at the General Representative Council room of the Student Hall. Park Moon-soo, the chairperson of the Central Election Management Committee, Lee Ji-hwan, a member of Check-Mate Party, and Hong Ye-ji, a member of Ready-Action Party participated in the meeting.
After the election, many students questioned the fairness of election process. There was a controversy about whether the total number of voters counted by the students was accurate. At the meeting, Chairperson Park explained, “On October 18th, we asked the Office of the Students Services to give us the number of voters of each college. However, the Office only gave us total students list, not including the number of voters in each college.” He added, “We had to count the number of students of each college by ourselves. That is why there were mistakes in counting the number of voters.” However, a faculty in the Office of the Students Service said that they had not received any request from the Central Election Management Committee to provide them with the number of voters in each college.
At the end of the meeting, Chairperson Park stated that the Central Election Management Committee is planning for a by-election in March, 2017.
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