By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus - The Electoral Commission for the KIU Education Students Association (KIUESA) is calling upon students interested in various leadership positions to pick nomination forms from their office.
The exercise that should have started on Monday 17th January 2022 according to the Electoral Commission Secretary, Ritah Nuwagaba, was hampered by the sudden death of History student, David Mujuni, who was buried in Mpigi district yesterday.
Several students and former students of KIU, especially those from Education, accompanied late Mujuni's body to its final resting place in Kalagala, Mpigi district. This left several activities in the college at a standstill, including picking of nomination forms by potential candidates.
Nuwagaba said that picking of nomination forms will close on Monday 24th January, 2022, while the nominated candidates will be screened on Tuesday 25th January, 2022, the same date for the official opening of campaigns.
"After screening, successful candidates will be allowed to start campaigns which shall commence with an open air debate as a custom for KIUESA," Nuwagaba disclosed.
She added that campaigns will close on Thursday 27th January, 2022, a day before casting of votes on Friday, 28th January, 2022.
Nuwagaba also said that the KIUESA Electoral Commission is determined to deliver free and fair elections.
"We want the office occupied with capable leaders and we are ready to deliver free and fair elections," she assured.
Qualifications required to stand for a position on the KIUESA Board?
Like in the Guild Union, there are requirements one must fullfil before running for a leadership position in the College of Education - the most obvious being that he or she must be a student of Education.
A presidential contestant must be a third-year first-semester student and must be a fully registered member of KIUESA.
Other key requirements are;
- A candidate must have not involved in any disciplinary case.
- He or she should be able to communicate effectively and must have a good command of the English language.
- A valid print out of the previous semester's results and must not have a retake.
With the College of Education joining the School of Law and the Law Society in shaping up the political climate at Uganda's leading private University, tension and melodrama are likely to feel the atmosphere in the days to come.