By Cecilia Okoth
Kyambogo University guild presidential elections kicked off Thursday morning at a slow pace as they were marred with irregularities students say are likely to end up with false results.
By around 2pm, some polling stations had not yet received ballot papers for the students to cast their votes.
In other polling stations, students turned up for the voting process only to discover that their names were missing on the poll registers, automatically disqualifying them from taking part in the voting process.
Some students also did not succeed at casting their votes because they lacked identity cards, examination permits and admission cards, requirements that were crucial in the voting process.
Speaking to the New Vision, Patricia Nyitho, Kyambogo Guild Electoral Council Spokesperson attributed the delay in the voting process to the late printing of ballot papers.
“The Dean had earlier on decided that all ballot papers of all candidates be printed in black and white to which the students opposed, saying it would not favour their candidates,” Nyitho said.
The candidates running for the guild president race include; Layola Tusasirwe, Nancy Mundu, Rogers Kiiza, Joseph Lokinomoe, Victor Irumba, Stephelon Kuteesa, Hussein Kadu, Apollo Onderi and Julius Okello.
Resty Nalukwago, a first year student studying a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance was one of the students who managed to cast her vote.
“I have voted for Irumba because he fought for the six weeks fees policy in Kyambogo and wants to remove it totally. By the sixth week, all students were expected to pay 100 percent tuition or miss an examination which was not fair,” Nalukwago said.
Elijah Kaye a third year student pursuing a degree in Education said he voted for Lokinomoe because he was an independent candidate. “I did not want to vote for anyone affiliated to any political party. I believe independent candidates are more competent,” Kaye said.
“I am tired of people going to office and making empty promises. I want to see different leadership and that is why I voted for Kuteesa,” Julius Emilio, a second year student pursuing a degree in Science and Human Nutrition said.
“I believe Kuteesa will make a difference if given the chance,” Emilio concluded.