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Ivan Ssempijja wins Makerere University Guild Presidential Race

Ivan Ssempijja is the new Makerere guild president. Courtesy photo

Ivan Ssempijja was on Friday evening elected the new Guild President of Makerere University replacing Julius Kateregga at the helm of student leadership

In an 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.

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Ssempijja, an Independent NUP leaning candidate polled 3,112 votes while his close rival Aaron Oguttu the NUP ticket holder obtained 1,833 votes. National Resistance Movement-NRM party leaning candidate Edwine Bbosa Bwetuyita trailed last with 248 votes.

Prior to announcing the winner, confusion marred the University electoral office when the Chairperson of the University’s Electoral Commission, Jackson Twijukye disappeared with the stamp after he unanimously refused to sign on the declaration results which created tension. However, he later declared Ssempijja a winner.

Ssempijja who was contesting as an independent candidate got a major boost when Judith Nalukwago, the National Unity Platform-NUP candidate withdrew from the race and backed Ssempijja.

Before polling day, two other candidates who include favourite Obedigue Derrick and Mackzzon Muhwezi also withdrew from the race for failing to meet requirements from the electoral commission.

Only final year 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.

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