Makerere University tense guild elections set for Friday

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Makerere University will on Friday hold virtual and physical guild presidential elections. 

The elections were suspended last year following the outbreak of COVID-19 which forced the Government to close education institutions.

Given the fact that the students are currently studying in a phased manner as directed by the Ministry of Education, the virtual elections will help students who are not on campus to vote for their leaders.

Rodney Kiggundu, Public Relations Officer of the University’s Electoral Commission explains that virtual voting will be accessible on a Makerere University students’ portal, however, he notes that the process might take more time for iPhone users than those using Android phones. 

According to Kiggundu, 38,000 students are legible to vote out of which 18,000 are expected to vote physically from the 39 polling stations at the university while 20,000 will vote online.

He adds that the first-year students will be excluded from the voting exercise.

However, Aaron Oguttu, one of the Aspiring Guild Presidents is skeptical about online voting arguing that some students could not access the internet. 

Other aspirants for the Guild Presidential race include Judith Nalukwago, Ivan Ssempijja who is pursuing a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Edwin Bwetuyita Bbosa Bachelor of Arts in Education and Payne Katerega Kagenyi Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.

Last week, the High Court in Kampala issued an interim order restraining Makerere University from disqualifying Nalukwago, a student, from participating in the Guild Presidential elections.  Court presided over by Justice Emmanuel Baguma on Friday held that Nalukwago was duly nominated by the university and therefore should be allowed to campaign for now.

Nalukwago ran to court challenging the process saying she had been duly nominated based on her requirements which she says are unchallenged.

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