Opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) party-leaning candidate Ivan Ssempijja has been elected the new guild president of Makerere University, replacing Julius Kateregga.
In the election that was organized both physically and online, Ssempijja, a fourth-year student of bachelor of Medicine and Surgery defeated two other candidates in the race.
Ssempijja garnered 3,112 votes while his closest rival, Aaron Oguttu obtained 1,833 votes and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidate Edwine Bbosa Bwetuyita garnered 248 votes.
There was confusion before the winner was announced when the chairperson of the university’s electoral commission Jackson Twijukye failed to sign the declaration form and went away with the stamp which created tension.
Ssempijja, got a major boost when Judith Nalukwago, the National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate withdrew from the race and backed Ssempijja. Before the polling day, two other candidates including students-favourite Derrick Obedigue and Mackzzon Muhwezi also withdrew from the race after failing to meet requirements from the electoral commission.
Only final students voted physically at the different polling stations in the university while the continuing students voted online.
According to Rodney Kiggundu, Makerere guild electoral commission public relations officer the process was free and fair despite several concerns that were raised by the students. Kiggundu however said the election was delayed by some technical glitches that disrupted the online voting, he says online voting went up to 6 pm.