Mak Guild Polls Stall Over System Shutdown

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In his March 15th 2017 letter, Isaac Otuko, the Makerere University, Electoral Commission Chairperson, says the Academic Registrar was supposed to verify the academic status of the aspiring guild candidates by Tuesday March 21.

The Makerere University Guild polls have stalled due to the failure by the Academic Registrar to compile the academic records of the contestants. The Academic Registrar's failure to compile the academic records, stems from the shutdown of the online results management system.

Early this month, Makerere University shut down the online results management system and suspended issuance of academic transcripts after it emerged that some staffs in the academic registrar's office were tampering with student marks. The shutdown of the results management system has hampered the compilation and verification of the academic records of those vying for the guild office.

Article 72 (1) of the guild constitution provides that in order to participate in the Guild Presidential Nomination Process a student must among other things have a CGPA of 2.8 and above, and with no pending retake in their entire academic record for the current study programme undertaken at the university.
 
In his March 15th 2017 letter, Isaac Otuko, the Makerere University, Electoral Commission Chairperson, says the Academic Registrar was supposed to verify the academic status of the aspiring guild candidates by Tuesday March 21.
 
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According to Otuko, the failure to compile and verify the academic records of the aspirants has stalled the process. The guild election road map shows that the guild campaign rallies were supposed to commence Thursday March 23, 2017 at Complex Hall.
 
17 aspirants are eyeing the guild seat. They include among others Andrew Ssentale, Doreen Alituha, Henry Kihika, Abdu Kareem Ziritwaula, Paul Kato and Simon Wanyera.

 

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