The student council is an independent student activity for all students at Chung-Ang University (CAU), and its president and vice president are elected through elections which are held from mid-November to early December. Everything related to the campaign is decided by the Central Election Management Commission (CEMC). Candidates register through the CEMC will have a 'Rule-meeting' before final registration. Rule-meeting is a group that reviews the rules of election implementation and discusses the necessary matters such as how to campaign and run joint public hearings ahead of the election. The results of the rules meeting will be announced on the student bulletin board within 24 hours. After the rules meeting, the campaigns begin in earnest during the election period decided by the CEMC. Campaigns are divided into individual and joint campaigns. During the election, a joint public hearing is held under the responsibility of the CEMC. The joint public meeting will consist of an announcement of the candidate's opinion, questions and answers from the in-school press, and written questions from the participants. The vote is held at the end of all that processes. In this one-time election process, there are various agency operators. So, let's find out about the operator that make up the student council elections, and furthermore find out about the groups that are the results of this election.
Central Election Management Commission (CEMC)
The Central Election Management Commission will consist of all the central steering committee members of the year, and two members from the student council's executive committee. The chairman of the CEMC is the president of the student council of the year. However, in the event that the student council does not exist then this is formed by an emergency committee. The main purpose of the CEMC is to ensure that the student council elections can effectively deliver policies and pledges of candidates amid the attention of undergraduates in the school. In other words, it is an organization that helps the election run smoothly. In fact, the 61st CEMC in 2018 changed the status of polling stations and held an extended voting term in order to resolve a situation where it was difficult to conduct the election smoothly due to a lack of personnel. In addition, for fairness, the grand principle of elections, a candidate's campaign headquarters may be alerted and cautioned. Two cautions mean one warning and, if three warnings are accumulated the candidate shall be disqualified. In fact, there was an incident during the 58th National Election Commission in which the election headquarters was deprived of the right to vote due to accumulated warnings from the Central Election Management. As such, the CEMC serves as a kind of command to help smooth elections.
The Results of the Election: Student Council or Emergency Measure Committee
The student council is formed when a candidate is elected as a result of a normal election, with a turnout of more than 50 percent and a majority of votes cast. The student council will be largely composed of the executive branch and a special autonomous organization. First of all, the executive branch consists of planning bureau, public relations (PR) bureau, policy bureau, executive bureau, daily life bureau, and speaker bureau. Introducing one of these departments in detail, the planning bureau is a department that carries out its role of collecting students' opinions and communicating them to schools, and plans solutions to pledges and additional inconveniences. The special autonomous organization will also be composed of the Culture Committee, the Graduation Preparation Committee, the Gender Equality Committee, and the Human Rights and Welfare Committee. Introducing one of the organizations, the Culture Committee is responsible for the cultural life of students. They will introduce various exhibitions as well as carry out special discounts for students at Chung-Ang University through partnerships with various companies.
However, if an election appears to have been tampered with, an emergency committee will be formed. The emergency committee shall be organized according to Article 69 of Chapter 15 of the Rules of Student Council, Article 69 of the Rules for Conducting the Election of the Students' Association, when the election of the student council president and the vice-president are not elected because the election was cancelled during the regular election period every year. There are two things here that can signify if an election was problematic. First, there is no candidate. It may be the case that there are no candidates for elections, or there are cases when all candidates are disqualified due to accumulated warnings. Second, the turnout is not a majority. The student council is a group that "represents" all students. But when the turnout is not more than a majority (50%+), it is hard to judge that the election is representative, thus forming an emergency committee. In addition, in case of a single election, even if the voter turnout exceeds the majority, if there are more dissenting votes, an emergency committee is formed.
Who is the owner of CAU? It is often answered as the head director or the Doosan Group as a joke. In fact, what everyone really thinks is that Chung-Ang University students themselves are the owner of CAU. And the student council, as representatives of CAU students, plays an important role in communicating and realizing students' opinions to schools. As a student of CAU, exercising the right to vote is an expression of individual rights. Furthermore, it is a duty as a member of a democratic nation. CAH hopes students will pay more attention to the upcoming student council vote.
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