“We will not be isolated from students but will approach students.” This was what six student president candidates including Park Hyung-woo (International∙17), a candidate for the student body president, expressed as their plan at the joint public hearing in Nichols 301 before the 2020 CUK election.
Since there is no candidate registration requirement except for the Pharmaceutical College, the reelection will be held in April according to the student council bylaws. The public hearing lasted two hours and consisted of candidate speeches and a question and answer session.
Because of the Covid-19, only the minimum number of people could participate in this public hearing, including the authorized personnel in the election campaign and the press in four university organs of public opinion. The Central Election Management Committee (CEMC) in CUK received prior questions from other students online.
The questions about candidate pledges made by the Parang (파랑) and the other four colleges president candidates focused on tuition refunds caused by COVID-19, the course registration system, the postponement of university events and professor recruiting.
The entire election process was held online due to COVID-19 The videos of the public hearing were uploaded to the Facebook page of the CEMC and each candidate is running an election campaign through the online windows. The election management committees of each department are also checking the number of students who cannot use the electronic voting system for the voting period starting from April 27.
The CEMC asked that students pay attention to the election of student representatives, saying this election be the turning point in guaranteeing students’ rights, especially in this confusing time.