By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus - Euphoria gathered today as the College of Education headed to polls for the first time in two years. The election that eventually kicked off at 10am, according to the KIUESA Electoral Commission, closed at 4pm after which tallying and counting of votes carried on before declaring winners.
KIUESA EC Chairperson, Joseph Mukumbya, said that the voting exercise was first delayed by a power blackout in the University.
"We could not proceed without printing some essential documents so we had to use alternatives outside the University," he explained.
Mukumbya also assured the teachers and the KIU fraternity that his team would ensure a free, fair and transparent election.
"We did our best to ensure that this election was transparent, free and fair. We urged all candidates to follow the set rules and regulations and guide their agents and followers to follow suit," Mukumbya added.
He said that one needed to carry a valid University Identity card which proves that they belong to the College of Education in order to cast their vote. An equivalent like a green card, the KIUESA Identity card or the library card were also acceptable.
Most of the tension came from the two presidential candidates, Robert Serunkuma and Ismail Mugerwa, who have seen the College of Education divide into two antagonistic camps with each candidate pulling a mamoth of support that, at the time, was really hard to tell who was likely to emerge victorious in the poll.