BY DOUGLAS OLUM
Students at Uganda Christian University are warming up for the guild elections for this academic year.
The guild Electoral Commission Secretary for Publicity, Morris Twinamatsiko, disclosed this during the freshers ball held at the basketball courts on Friday, September 28, saying that the process would start in October.
The upcoming elections will see students choose a new Guild President and Members of Parliament for the faculties of Science and Technology, Business, Law, Journalism, Media and Communication. They will also elect representatives for the School of Medicine, Social Work and Social Administration, Education and Arts, Engineering, Residents, Non-Residents and International Students.
In an interview with The Standard last Monday, Twinamatsiko said picking nomination forms would begin on Wednesday, October 3 and end on Friday, October 12. Campaigns will officially begin on Thursday, October 18, after the candidates are vetted by the guild senate.
Twinamatsiko encouraged the students community to participate in the electoral process so that they don’t live to regret.
“I encourage the community to participate because they need leaders and it is their responsibility to determine who leads them in order to avoid future complaints,” Twinamatsiko said.
He, however, warned students to stay away from conducts that are against the students’ code of conduct. “As a Christian university, we don’t expect our students to be engaging in acts like drinking alcohol and use of other drugs. Anyone who will be caught engaging in such will be sent to the University Disciplinary Committee,” Twinamatsiko warned.
He also said while campaigns will be allowed from morning up to midnight, provided they do not interrupt normal university programmes, monetisation of campaigns is strictly prohibited.
“Any candidate who will be found sourcing money from any organisation or political party to facilitate their campaigns will automatically be disqualified. No candidate should also bring outsiders to campaign for them,” Twinamatsiko said.
According to the UCU Guild Constitution, for one to qualify for elections, they must be a registered student, have results for at least two semesters with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Those contesting for Member of Parliament must also be able to present 50 passbooks from their coursemates or faculty while those contesting for guild president must present at least 100 passbooks for their nomination. In addition, those contesting for guild president must be born-again Christians subscribing to the Anglican faith.