By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU Main Campus-The Electoral Commission in charge of KIU law Society elections is calling upon students interested in running for various leadership positions in the Society to pick nomination forms in order to have their interests officially declared. The picking of the forms will officially close at 5 pm EAT on Friday 24th February 2023.
The KIU law Society elections will be held on 10th March 2023.
According to Ronald Tumuhimbise, the secretary to the Law Society electoral Commission, candidates are required to submit their forms on Monday 27th February 2023 before being screened on Tuesday 28th February 2023.
"We shall close the issuing of nomination forms at 5 pm on Friday 24th February 2023 and submission of the forms will be on Monday 27th February 2023 before 5 pm," he said.
"We therefore, encourage interested individuals to come and pick nomination forms as early as possible so that they can look for signatories," he added.
The picking of nomination forms opened on Monday 20th February according to an electoral road map issued a week ago. The roadmap indicates that the candidates will be allowed to start open space campaigns on the afternoon of Tuesday 28th February 2023, immediately after the screening exercise. Campaigns will go on till 7th March 2023.
The presidential debate and open-air campaigns will take place on 9th March 2023 just a day before the lawyers head to the polls to choose their next president and cabinet for the next one year.
For a candidate to succeed, he or she must not have any disciplinary case with the University, he or she must be a bonafide student of law with a University identity card or an equivalent and must have no retake in the previous year and semester as stated in the set of rules accompanying the electoral road map.
"We expect candidates to take note of the rules and abide by them as they return nomination forms because that will be the basis of the screening exercise," Tumuhimbise said.
Though the EC is yet to officially declare, some students have already declared their ambitions to run for various positions in the law society with some already putting out posters.