By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus - The students’ union electoral commission yesterday approved 47 students to run for 29 parliamentary seats across seven colleges and schools ahead of the university’s first ever scientific election on Monday 7th December 2020. The nomination exercise took four days.
Martin Ainebyona, the chairperson of the guild union electoral commission, said that the turn up was encouraging given the hard times of COVID-19 pandemic despite being slightly lower than that of the 2019-2020 race.
‘’Actually we are really encouraged by the turn up because we had anticipated very few aspirants to turn up due to uncertainties inspired by Coronavirus. It shows that students embrace such platforms to showcase their leadership potentials,’’ Martin admitted.
He added that the candidate will not be allowed to hold processions in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19 .He urged candidates to engage potential voters using digital platforms like Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook.
Among the eligible candidates cleared by the electoral commission, seven come from the college of Economics and Management (CEMS), five for College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), the College of Education and Long Distance Learning (CEODL) and the School of Mathematics and Computing (SOMAC) have six contestants each the School of Law and the School of Natural Sciences (SONAS) have five candidates each.