Papa Were voted Makerere 84th guild boss

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  • Papa Were defeated his rival Kinene Edward of over 935 votes in a poll that attracted over 15 candidates.

Papa Were has been voted as the 84th president of Makerere University in a poll that attracted 15 candidates.

According to the results announced by chairman, electoral commission Mr Kenneth Isabirye on Wednesday night, Papa Were led with a total of 3202votes closely followed by UYD’s Edward Kinene Ssemakula with 2267 votes.

Other candidates got the following votes: Ahimbisibwe Prize (NRM)-163, Andama Fred Afro -57, Chiluba Fredrick (FDC)-776, Isabirye Dan -60, Kasumba Javiira Joe -46, Lwamaza Silver -1528, Namuganza Florence -42, Nuwataho Samuel -146, Obbo Johnson Emmanuel -131, Semanda Arnold -21, Taliwaku Andrew Julian -1380, Turyasingura Henry -123 and Kamyuka Patrick-103.

While invalid votes were totaling to 680, a huge number that leaves majority wondering.

Papa Were replaces FDCs Kato Paul, whose term ended a few weeks ago.

 

Official results read by Mr Isabirye Kenneth the guild electoral commission chairman
Official results read by Mr Isabirye Kenneth the guild electoral commission chairman. 

 

Low voter turnout characterized the polls and according to Mr Emmanuel Obbo, who was among the guild contestant told our reporter that he was unhappy with low turnout of voters and suggested that the university should suspend lectures on polling dates to allow ample time for voters to take part in an election.

However, at medical school over 300 students were not allowed to vote for having their names missing on the voters registers.

Elections marred by bribery, violence and hooliganism

The elections were characterized by violence and chaotic scenes that were uncalled for.

The problem was caused by certain candidates and their supporters who had brigades that were established before elections were postponed by the University management two weeks ago.

Chaotic scenes started during campaigns that were held at the different halls of residence.

At a rally at Mary Stuart, supporters of contestants clashed as candidates campaigned.

This forced the university administration to suspend guild elections and the pressure strained the students election body Mr Makumbi peter to resign over bribery allegation.

However, on Monday 12th, the electoral commission re-nominated guild candidates, after allegations of bribery to the guild electoral commission bosses.

Again candidates were given a day (Tuesday 13th March 2018) to campaign which was not enough according to Obbo.

The exercise that was supposed to end at 8:00pm went on up to almost midnight.

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