Low voter turnout as Makerere picks next guild president

Students cast their vote at the Faculty of Social Sciences on Wednesday: PHOTO BY SHARON NAMAKULA



More than 40,000 students were today expected to turn out and cast their vote for Makerere University’s next guild president.  Voting kicked off at 8:00am at various polling stations in different faculties.

A total of 15 candidates are vying of the top seat at the university, with two females; Prize Ahimbisimbwe from the NRM party and Opposition FDC party’s Florence Namuganza.

Edward Kinene, Fredrick Chiluba and Johnson Obbo are some of the other names among the candidates.

PML Daily had a run-in with Mr Obbo at the Faculty of Social Sciences, where he told us he expects students to vote for ideals and not logistics.

Mr Obbo adds that he is not happy with the process because it was rushed after the suspension of the voting process. He says this has affected the candidates because they have not had ample time to carry out campaigns. According to Mr Obbo, there has been a lot of bribery by candidates.

More so, Mr Obbo is unhappy with the low turnout of voters. He explains that the university should have suspended lectures in order for students to participate in the election.

PML Daily has also learnt that some students preferred to stay away because they have reason to believe that their choices will not be respected.

According to the university electoral commission chairman, Mr Kenneth Isabirye, voting will stop at 5:00pm and counting of the votes will commence until the winner is declared.

Obbo poses with a hammer, his symbol: PHOTO BY SHARON NAMAKULA



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