This year’s guild elections at Makerere University seem to be devoid of all the hype, merry, chaos and ‘fire’ they have always attracted due to the prospect of holding virtual elections.
This is in a bid to fight the deadly corona virus pandemic and prohibition of large gatherings by the ministry of health as one of the SOP’s. This decision was arrived at by the University council in which the roadmap was demonstrated.
This arrangement is only waiting approval from the University top administrators in order to get underway. The process has always been candidates lining up to vote for the guild president and GRC’s by lining up to cast a secret ballot.
“Management has received a demonstration of the e-voting system for the Makerere University Students Guild elections. The e-voting will take place after approval of the guidelines on e-voting by Makerere University Council.” a MUK source narrated.
The elections which were meant to take place last year but rescheduled due to closure of learning institutions will be way different from the previous elections as even campaigns are to be conducted scientifically via social media and other communication channels.
The main reason for this development is the pattern in which classes are being conducted at the institution and most learning institutions.
Being that classes are conducted in phases, all students won’t be able to be at the university at the same time and virtual elections will enable all of them to exercise their right to vote.