UCU students want Guild election results cancelled over irregularities

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A section of students at Uganda Christian University has called for fresh guild elections citing irregularities in the online voting system that was used in this week’s vote.

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UCU conducted online elections for guild leaders for Mukono and Kampala campuses on Wednesday using a new app named ‘e-Chagua’, conjoined from a Kiswahili word meaning voting. 

Kenneth Agaba Amponda was elected Guild President with 1,229 votes against Jim Patrick Wasswa who got 449 votes. At the Kampala campus Desire, Phoebe Namujehe went through unopposed.

However, some of the students at the campus claim that the entire voting exercise was marred by irregularities.

They want the university administration to nullify the results and conduct fresh elections.

Out of the 8,086 eligible voters, only 1,959 managed to cast their vote.

Several students complained about poor internet connectivity and delayed generation of the password to access the ballot. 

Graham Arinda the students’ Electoral Commission Chairperson attributes delays and low turn up to students who activated their accounts late and others who completely failed. 

The Director of Students Affairs, Bridget Mugasira asked the contestants who lost to accept defeat and work with the university to make the new online voting system work better.  

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