KIBU Decides: Date With Destiny
By Anthony Musya And Pharis Disi
- The election come at a time when the varsity had no student leadership in place.
- Student to choose delegates (electoral college) which in turn will elect the Student Council (SC)
After days of intense campaigns and wooing voters, Kibabii University students will on Friday 2nd November, 2018 go to the polls to elect a new student council. This comes days after the University in its special senate sitting of Wednesday 26th October, 2018 gave notice of the vacant positions of office for the student council leadership and Electoral College nominees.
As in any democracy the process of elections requires the citizens to register, the University has urged all students to ensure that they have reported in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to ensure that their details are availed on the nominal roll during the voting day.
Student will vote in their respective electoral colleges. The electoral college nominees will later elect the seven Student Council members from each of the following electoral colleges, Faculty of Science Electoral College, School of Business and Economics Electoral College, School of Computing and Informatics Electoral College, Faculty of Education and Social Sciences – Education Arts and Early Childhood Education Group Electoral College and the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences – Education Science; Journalism and Mass Communication; Criminology; and Social Work Group Electoral College.
The five electoral colleges will nominate their three nominees in the following dockets; Academic Nominee, Female Nominee and the Male Nominee.
Another Electoral College will be The Special Interest Electoral College which will nominate their three nominees in the following specializations; Postgraduate Students Nominee, Evening/weekends Students (Formerly Town Learning Centre) Nominee and Part time Students (formerly School based Students) Nominee
Key stakeholders in the University have been conducting final touches to ensure the election goes on as planned.
Speaking on Thursday morning, a section of the students affirmed their readiness to go to the polls tomorrow. “We have been waiting for this moment, at least the University listened to our cry for the need of a new student leadership. The previous leadership had extended their terms due to issues which you all know,” the students noted.
Free and Fair
Different campaign teams have raised concerns for the need of a free and fair elections and that no one should interfere with the process of democracy in the University. Speaking to the author on phone, Moses* a campaign strategist for one of the campaign teams affirmed the need for free and fair process. “We hope that the process of election will not be interfered with at any point and that the election will be credible beyond any reasonable doubts,” he said on phone.
Students are hopeful that as they go to the polls, their preferred candidates will take the day and that their voices will be amplified.