UNESA 2018 ELECTION TAKES PLACE AT KENYA SCIENCE CAMPUS

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A student casting his vote during the UNESA election 2018 at Uhuru Hall, Kenya Science Campus.

 

The 2018 UNESA general elections were held on Friday, April 27, 2018, at KSC, Uhuru Hall.. Fourteen (14) positions out of seventeen (17) were contested.

These positions included; Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary General, Vice Secretary General, Organizing Secretary, Vice Organizing Secretary, Treasurer, External Affairs Secretary, Information & Publicity Secretary, Health & Accommodation Secretary, First Years Representative, Second Years Representative, Forth Years Representative and ICT Representative.

Candidates who were interested in the positions of Gender Affairs Secretary, Sports & Entertainment Secretary and Third Years Representative were elected unopposed.

 

The election process took three weeks of preparation. Clear timelines were set in relation to what should/will happen when, where and how.

The Assistant Dean of Students submitted a proposal and budget to the Deputy Principal, KSC for approval. An advert was done where interested candidates were required to submit their applications in writing for the various positions, stating the position applied for, attach a copy of student identification card, year of study and contacts. The applications were vetted by a committee which was chaired by Assistant Dean of Students. All the candidates were found fit for office as they fulfilled the prescribed criteria namely; a bonafide student of the University of Nairobi, KSC (active student); of good academic understanding (specifically with no pending supplementary); with no disciplinary cases among other factors. Candidates were allowed a week to campaign.

Students interested in taking up roles as ushers and clerks were asked to apply through a notice. The office of Assistant Dean of Students received thirty three (33) applications which were subjected to vetting process through a committee whereby a similar criterion was adopted which also took into account the student’s year of study and ethnic balance. Successful applicants were notified by a way of a Short Text Message (SMS).

One day to the Election, Assistant Dean of Students held meetings with the candidates, staff commissioner, student commissioner, ushers, clerks and security with a view of explaining their roles and responsibilities in the election process as well as highlighting the campus administration expectations.

As key stakeholders in the election process, the candidates and clerks were specifically informed about the rules, regulations and penalties for misconduct during and after elections.

On the Election Day, everything was all set. The polling centre opened at 7.00 am and was prepared and arranged as planned. The ballot boxes representing the seven (14) contested posts were labeled, verified by the agents, sealed and placed strategically. The voting area and ink area (at the exit) were labeled as the clerks, ushers, agents and security took their positions.

Voting commenced at 8.00am. The Deputy Principal arrived at the polling station to check on progress. The candidates and their agents were the first to cast their votes. Only students with valid documents e.g. student Identification Card or admission letter were allowed to vote.

Further verification was done by clerks through the nominal roll. Cases of students possessing expired IDs while their names appearing in the nominal role; some students taking photos of the ballot papers while voting; and also some students having more ballot papers than expected were reported to the returning officer and dealt with accordingly.

The 2018 UNESA general elections were held on Friday, April 27, 2018, at KSC, Uhuru Hall.. Fourteen (14) positions out of seventeen (17) were contested.

These positions included; Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary General, Vice Secretary General, Organizing Secretary, Vice Organizing Secretary, Treasurer, External Affairs Secretary, Information & Publicity Secretary, Health & Accommodation Secretary, First Years Representative, Second Years Representative, Forth Years Representative and ICT Representative.

Candidates who were interested in the positions of Gender Affairs Secretary, Sports & Entertainment Secretary and Third Years Representative were elected unopposed.

The election process took three weeks of preparation. Clear timelines were set in relation to what should/will happen when, where and how (see schedule of activities in page 4).

The Assistant Dean of Students submitted a proposal and budget to the Deputy Principal, KSC for approval. An advert was done where interested candidates were required to submit their applications in writing for the various positions, stating the position applied for, attach a copy of student identification card, year of study and contacts. The applications were vetted by a committee which was chaired by Assistant Dean of Students. All the candidates were found fit for office as they fulfilled the prescribed criteria namely; a bonafide student of the University of Nairobi, KSC (active student); of good academic understanding (specifically with no pending supplementary); with no disciplinary cases among other factors. Candidates were allowed a week to campaign.

Students interested in taking up roles as ushers and clerks were asked to apply through a notice. The office of Assistant Dean of Students received thirty three (33) applications which were subjected to vetting process through a committee whereby a similar criterion was adopted which also took into account the student’s year of study and ethnic balance. Successful applicants were notified by a way of a Short Text Message (SMS).

One day to the Election, Assistant Dean of Students held meetings with the candidates, staff commissioner, student commissioner, ushers, clerks and security with a view of explaining their roles and responsibilities in the election process as well as highlighting the campus administration expectations.

As key stakeholders in the election process, the candidates and clerks were specifically informed about the rules, regulations and penalties for misconduct during and after elections.

On the Election Day, everything was all set. The polling centre opened at 7.00 am and was prepared and arranged as planned. The ballot boxes representing the seven (14) contested posts were labeled, verified by the agents, sealed and placed strategically. The voting area and ink area (at the exit) were labeled as the clerks, ushers, agents and security took their positions.

Voting commenced at 8.00am. The Deputy Principal arrived at the polling station to check on progress. The candidates and their agents were the first to cast their votes. Only students with valid documents e.g. student Identification Card or admission letter were allowed to vote.

Further verification was done by clerks through the nominal roll. Cases of students possessing expired IDs while their names appearing in the nominal role; some students taking photos of the ballot papers while voting; and also some students having more ballot papers than expected were reported to the returning officer and dealt with accordingly.

 

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