Uganda Christian University- UCU students have called for fresh
guild elections citing irregularities in the online
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.
The system is designed with a voter’s registers section where student details
are recorded and once the student is on a voter’s register, the system accepts
him to generate a password to log in and vote once.
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.
The exercise that was scheduled to start at 8 am with the briefing of agents
and flashing of the e-system instead started at around 11 am. This forced the
students’ electoral commission to extend the voting hours to 8 pm from 5 pm.
The Electoral Desk did the last update of the voter’s register of about 500
students on the polling day.
Out of the 8,086 eligible voters, only 1,959 managed to cast their vote. Denis
Turyahebwa, a student says the electoral commission did not do enough
sensitization among students on how to vote online.
Several students complained about poor internet connectivity and delayed generation of the password
to access the ballot.
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Graham Arinda the students’ Electoral Commission Chairperson attributes delays
and low turn up to students who activated their accounts late and others who
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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.