The University of The Gambia Student Union Electoral Commission (UTGSUEC) recently held a day’s convention for the aspiring candidates vying for positions in the Student Union.
The convention, according to the organizers, was meant to serve as a platform to identify the best candidates among the students ahead of the union’s election.
The chairman of the electoral commission, Baba Y. Darboe, applauded the candidates for maintaining peace and tranquility throughout the campaign period, positing that about 6000 students are expected to vote in 6 schools of the UTG.
According to him, the commission comprises a ten-man team, responsible for conducting all elections and electoral activities at the university as provided in the UTGSU Constitution.
“This year’s elections will be history in Students Union’s politics as 6,000 students are expected to vote, in the 6 polling stations namely, Faraba Banta Campus, Brikama Campus, School of Business and Public Administrations, Faculty of Law, School of Medicine and Health Sciences and GTTI, where we have students from the school of Engineering and Architecture,” he noted.
The electoral commission, he went on, started its electoral process 3 months before the expiration of the incumbent executives, as enshrined in their Constitution.
“The commission will introduce spot counting for the first time in the UTGSU’s election history which will be done immediately after the closure of polls at 5p.m.”
He added that two candidates will be contesting for presidential post, two for the secretary general, two for the Minister of Information and Communication, three for the positions of Gender and Health and three candidates for Vice President..
“The unopposed positions are the Minister of Education and Research, Minister of Technical Service, Minister of Finance and the Auditor General, in accordance with section 31 of the Constitution, which states that if any candidates remain unopposed till the time stipulated by the Electoral Commission, he or she shall be duly elected for the position he or she is nominated for,” he added.
Each of the aspiring candidates unveiled their manifestoes or agendas, highlighting the deplorable conditions of the university, ranging from inadequate power supply , bad toilet facilities, to the issue of the grading system.
They all reaffirmed their unflinching support and commitment in making the University of The Gambia the best centre for learning.
by Fatoumatta K. Saidykhan