Monday, February 18, 2013

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(Opinion) "Supreme Student Government" Election in School as Training for National Election

Today we held the Supreme Student Government (SSG) election. SSG is considered one of the highest earning co-curricular point for honor students. The points they earn depends on the position they are holding. This is why most students who run for this election came from the higher sections where honor students belong.

In my almost two years of stay in this school, I seated as election chairman for the said event. In my observation, not all honor students join the election. Last year, the one who won the presidential position -  which is the highest earning point -  is not an honor student or among the first top 3. But she decided to run for the position because she feels she will win, which she does.

This year all running for presidential position was at the top 3 position for honors. In the presidential position, SSG Adviser will be the one who chose the running candidates and advise them of the gaining points and the consequences as well. It is still in the students' decision if she will run for the said position or either she give way to the other. When running for president was decided, this person will then select other students to be their running mate. Once he/she has selected the partner they will then decide and select their senators and governors.

This year, we have three (3) parties in the election. I don't know what their criteria for choosing their running mates. But, in my observation there are selected students that are not worth the position and are not eligible even to run. I am not being negative nor judgmental, but we know most of this students. They couldn't even responsible enough to attend their classes, submit the subject requirements or even study their lessons. And then they will be burden with another responsibilities? Being an SSG officer is not only a title, it has responsibilities that needs to be address.

I was feeling half and half after the election and the winner was declared. Half satisfied and half is not.

Few reasons for being satisfied:

1. It was good to know that some students really take time to go to school and exercise their right to vote.
2. Some of our students came prepared with their list to be voted, much faster.
3. There are students who really paid attention to the running candidates and selected wisely.
4. Since it is just a small school, all running candidates remain friendly to each other even if they are of opposite party.
5. The election ended early and peacefully until the declaration of the winners.

Few reasons for being not satisfied:

1. Almost one-third (1/3) of the students didn't vote. They came to school that day, yes, but they got impatient waiting for their turn to vote.
2. There are still few students who came to vote but still didn't know whom they will vote. So when they took their seat to vote, they talk to their seatmate discussed about the running candidates, making the voting slow.
3. Many ballots are half empty. Some positions are not filled. They just voted for their friends and nothing else.
4. Running candidates not even showing up in the election day. Not bothering to vote even themselves. If they win, how could they be model if that smallest responsibility to themselves they can't make?
5. Around one-fourth of the winning candidates are not worthy of the votes. Some of these people are a no show in any school even, programs and activities. Some are cutting classes, noisy during class discussion and not participating in classroom activities.

I believe this SSG election is the schools training the students for a higher purpose. They are our future. Some of them will be our Councilors, Mayor, Governor, Senators and maybe President! Who knows? We can't tell. But judging in this years SSG results, the question in my mind sticks "Is this really our future?"

My points:
   If you cannot practice your simple but big responsibility - that is, to vote - what is your right to question any decisions created by the people in position? If you did not vote, you are wasting the right that was privileged to you. You are wasting your right to be part of this organization, of this school, or country. 
   If you voted the person because he/she is your friend even if you know that he/she doesn't deserve the position, you have no right as well to complain anything they do that you at the very first know they could do when they will be given a chance. You should chosen wisely.


This post is of my opinion only. any points taken here are me and mine alone. none has influenced me to say so. If you do not agree with me you can tell me but do not judge me.

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