By Ivan Mwine
The Makerere Guild President elections for this year have kicked off and candidates from different political parties have fronted candidates to participate in the race.
But according to the current standings, National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate Shamim Nambassa seems to be ahead of other candidates because of the overwhelming support she has garnered amongst fellow students.
Nambassa and hundreds of her supporters paralysed Wandegeya, Makerere and surroundig areas on Friday as she campaigned.
Accompanied by NUP Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya, Nambassa brought traffic and business around Makerere University to a stand as she toured these areas during her campaigns.
The Makerere University Guild President elections have been held today, 12th November, 2021 and a total of 11 have contested in the race.
Like other previous elections, the aspirants are from the National Political Parties like the National Unity Platform (NUP), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), National Resistance Movement (NRM), Democratic Party (DP) and independents.
The candidates and their political parties include;
1-Ayeyo Sam, IND
2-Bukala Silver, NRM
3-Byayesu Agrippa, DP
4-Kamulegeya Obeid, FDC
5-Mutsinzi Ronald, IND.
6-Mwasse John, IND.
7-Nambassa Shamim, NUP
8-Omega Victor, IND.
9-Ssewanyana Nelson, IND.
10-Tumuhaise Martin, IND.
11-Tumusiime Moses, IND.
They are battling to replace the outgoing guild president Ivan Ssempijja, who term has since expired.
According to Article 27(2) of Makerere University Guild constitution as amended in February 2016, the candidates have to be on a normal progress with full semester load of examination results and with a CGPA of 2.80.
William Kananga, the Makerere Electoral Chairman, said that the team has fully completed the verification process and all candidates are good to stand since they met all the requirements as per the guild constitution purposes.
But due to the COVID-19 pandemic Kananga said the voting will be both virtual and physical to all students.
All first year, finalists, Medical and Veterinary students are allowed to vote physically at campus while continuing students from other colleges vote virtually using evote.mak.ac.ug.