Mak guild elections set for next month

Written by: 
Samuel Kamugisha

Makerere University students will vote for their leaders at the end of next month.

According to the statement released by the office of the dean of students dated February 7th, the elections will take place 50 days from February 8th.

“There shall be guild presidential, GRC and SCR elections within 50 days from 8 Feb 2014,” reads part of the statement that was pinned to all notice boards and copied to the Vice Chancellor and his deputies, wardens and the guild president.

Students will go to the polls on Monday 31st March and the electoral commission will announce the results later that day.

The candidates now have less than seven weeks to convince their voters.
Each academic year, students vote for their leaders at school, hall and university level. These leaders include Guild Representative Councilors (GRCs), Hall Committee executive members and the Guild President.

Meanwhile, the electoral commission will be elected next Friday. This body that comprises of students will draft a programme for open rallies before students go to the polls.

For now, different candidates have shown interest for the available guild elective positions and posters and banners can be seen all over Africa’s fourth best university.

Major political parties are expected to field candidates to succeed Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Ann Adeke, as guild president.
In the last election, FDC polled 6,609; NRM garnered 2,718 votes while DP gathered 1,313 votes.