Kyambogo University elections have been extended again from March 17 to March 19 this week due to the delay of Guild aspirants to submit their photos that bear no political party and pressure group symbols and logos
The University Vice Chancellor Prof. Eli Katunguka in a letter he wrote addressing Kyambogo University students saying, following the communication from Dean of students dated March 11, 2020, in which she communicated the university management position on the “use of political party or pressure group symbols on the ballot papers for guild presidents and guild representative council elections 2020”. “it has come to my attention that some aspiring candidates have refused to abide by the management directives”.
Adding “I wish to reaffirm the university management position by slating that no candidate will be allowed to use political party or pressure group symbols on the ballot papers for guild presidential and guild representative council elections 2020.” says Katunguka
Katunguka says this has been the University policy since its inception and the same is clearly reflected under Regulation 22 of the Election Regulation and guidelines of 2020/2021 issued by the office of the chairperson of Kyambogo electoral Commission 2020/2021.
He urges all aspiring candidates and members of electoral commission to abide by the above policy.
“Please note that the election of student leaders is aimed at electing students whose aim is to address the interests of students at an institutional level on non-partisan grounds.” Adds Katunguka.
He says that it has also come to his attention that some aspiring candidates and members of the electoral commission are using language which is rude, disrespectful and in total defiance of an established policy of the University.
He further explains that such defiance has paralyzed and delayed the electoral process making it difficult for the ballot papers to be printed on time. This in effect has made it difficult for elections to be held on March 17, 2020 as previously scheduled.
Katunguka says that in that regard he once again evoke the powers entrusted in him by the universities and other tertiary institutions Act 2001 as amended clause 31(1)(a) to extend the guild presidential and guild representative council elections 2020 to Thursday March 19 and Hall secretaries on Friday March 20, 2020, and therefore, voting will be from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.