Makerere University will tomorrow, Friday hold fresh guild presidential elections at the School of Education aimed at ending the guild leadership vaccum. The university has been without a guild president for almost since months after a disputed election in March failed to produce an acceptable winner.
The university has been without a guild president for almost since months after a disputed election in March failed to produce an acceptable winner.
Now Kenneth Isabirye, the guild electoral commission chairperson, says the elections at the school of education will be held on September 2nd. In a statement released on Tuesday, Isabirye says voting will start at 8 am and close at 5 pm.
Only continuing students in the school are eligible to vote, according to the statement.
The election follows a June 2nd court ruling issued by Justice Stephen Musota dismissing a petition seeking to block fresh elections.
Bazil Biddemu Mwotta, the winner of the disputed elections had petitioned court seeking its powers to declare him winner and to block fresh voting.
In this application Mwotta had sued his opponent Roy Ssembogga and the university's Elections tribunal. The tribunal had in a March 22nd letter ruled that the results from the school of education be set aside and fresh elections held on March 23rd. Mwotta is a student in the school.
During the elections, Mwotta got 1,700 votes from the School of Education while Roy Ssemboga managed to get a paltry 64 votes.
Ssemboga accused the presiding officers at the school of breaching electoral rules. He complained about the beating and chasing away of his agents from polling stations and duplication of voter registers. He cited inconsistencies in the declared results and insisted that 1,000 people couldn't have voted within a space of 8 hours.
The dean of students Cyriaco Kabagambe who is also the secretary to the Guild Election Petition Tribunal, noted that there were some anomalies with regard to the electoral process at the School of Education, and ruled that "the voting in that School should be repeated."
On March 23, however, as students prepared to vote, there was chaos at the school and despite the heavy deployment by police, voting could not take place.