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Gulu University Guild Elections Resume Today After Postponement

The elections that were initially scheduled for Saturday were halted after photos of one of the candidates Alfred Anyama Berliner appeared on the ballot paper with the National Unity Platform (NUP) party red beret. Anyama is a fourth-year medical student at the University.

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The Gulu University Guild Electoral Commission is holding Guild general elections, a day after postponing the exercise over anomalies in the printing of ballot papers.

The elections that were initially scheduled for Saturday were halted after photos of one of the candidates Alfred Anyama Berliner appeared on the ballot paper with the National Unity Platform (NUP) party red beret. Anyama is a fourth-year medical student at the University.

In a statement to students yesterday, the Electoral Commission Chairperson Vincent Molumasi said the election was postponed due to anomalies witnessed in the printing of ballot papers. He announced that the polls will be held after printing new ballot papers.

The University Deputy Public Relations Officer James Ojok Onono told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the University rules and regulations don’t accept the use of party symbols on the ballot papers during elections. He added that the University decided to postpone the election because a picture with a red beret on the ballot paper was in contravention of the rules.

He notes that candidates are free to affiliate with political parties but must be from outside the University campus.

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According to Onono, new ballot papers for Guild presidential candidates have been printed for today’s election. He however notes that yesterday’s postponement didn’t affect the election of candidates contesting for the games union.

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Other candidates are Anthony Felix Ocen, a second-year student from Business Faculty, Willy Sam Loki, a third-year law student, Jackson Ashaka, and Robert Kyomuhendo, all fourth-year medical students, and Benson Oringa, a second-year law student.

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