By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus- The KIU Law Society Electoral Commission has confirmed that six candidates returned nomination forms for the top three positions before deadline yesterday 19th January 2022. These and several others are expected to be declared eligible to run for various positions in the KIU Law Society for the year 2022-2023 upon being screened on Thursday afternoon.
The six people have equally shared the three main positions with each getting two contestants. The President, Speaker and Vice President's positions are the only ones that have more than one contestants ahead of the Law Society's election bound to take place on 4th February 2022, and which will be their first in two years.
Calvin Mwhahuzi and David Reagan Kaddu are vying for presidency, and will only wait for screening on Thursday afternoon before they can stage what many law and non law students anticipate to be the greatest election contest at KIU.
Mwahuzi promises to revamp the Law Society and the KIU legal fraternity through effective service delivery while Kaddu intends to transform the society and the School of Law using technology, already having designed an app that can help students access all law notes.
According to Law Society Electoral Commission Chairperson, Counsel Shafic Tumusiime Livingston Muhumuza and Handsome Atwijuka returned forms for speakership while Phionah Nuwamanya and Isaac Atusiime Arafat have been nominated to run for Vice President.
KIU Law Society Electoral Commission Chairperson, Shafic Tumusiime, said that the candidates will be free to start conducting underground campaigns after being screened on Thursday 20th January, 2022, and that open air campaigns will take place on 2nd February, 2022. He has pledged to deliver a free and fair election.
"The election is already competitive and we expect it to get tense in days to come. As the electoral commission, our pledge is to do as is mandated. We shall try to meet all expectations so that it is free and fair," he said.
With the law and education students heading to polls at the end of the month, the atmosphere at KIU is expected to get tenser in the days to come.