The two week intensive student campaigns came to an end with the students going to the polls on Thursday October 14, 2010 to elect their leaders. Just like the recent Parliamentary by-elections and the Constitution referendum, this year’s Jomo Kenyatta University Students Organization (JKUSO) elections adopted the IIEC approach of using technology to transmit election results. The ICT Department provided personnel to help transmit results electronically to ensure transparency with no possible incidences of fraud. The Assembly Hall was the central station where the tallying was conducted. The returning officers brought the election results from the various polling stations and were relayed electronically. The whole process of tallying of votes and declaring winners took a record time of 4 hours as opposed to 7 hours as witnessed in past elections. The peaceful elections that recorded no incidences saw Kasina Emmanuel emerge the winner for the position of Chairman in the student council. Other members of the council include: Sam Wanyoike as the Secretary General, Gitobu Dennis as the Finance secretary, Muchao Gideon – Academic Secretary, Macharia Muiruri –Catering and Accommodation Secretary, Entertainment Secretary – Aroko Dennis, Games & Sports Secretary – Timothy Muthuuri Kaimenyi.
The two-week long student campaigns looking to elect one student union –the Jomo Kenyatta University Student Union (JKUSO), came to a climax Thursday, October 15, 2009 when students in all JKUAT campuses flocked the polling stations to elect their leaders who will guide them through the next 2009/2010 academic year.
By the way, the guy who rocked the yellow, convertible BWM won. He is now the Entertainment Secretary. Read the full article here.
Today the students go to the polls to elect 36 officials of the new look central student union body; the Jomo Kenyatta University Students Union (JKUSO). The new JKUSO constitution now operational saw the demobilization of the three unions (JKUHRDA, JKUADSA, JKUITCSO) then existing under the former constitution into a single union – JKUSO. This time students in all campuses (Juja, Nairobi, Mombasa & Taita Taveta) will be voting for the same leaders. The elections have attracted over 100 candidates.
This year, the campaigns have been very big. A year ago I remember the chairperson contenders used to go round the campus in one car being hailed by their supporters. This time round, it’s a different story. The candidates are moving around in motorcades of 5 or more vehicles. Let me not even start on the number of motorcycle escorts in these motorcades. This time they have gone all presidential!
In the past two weeks we’ve had live concerts from Mejja and Juliani (who apparently is quite short in person). These were courtesy of the candidates vying for the Entertainment Secretary position. One of them has been doing his campaigns in a yellow, sleek convertible BMW.