Gulu University has rubbished the recently concluded guild elections from political parties. These elections were won by Francis Okot who was declared triumphant by the returning officer, Ms Justine Ejiku.
He garnered 1,179 votes and was followed by Frank Musamaino with 700 votes. In third was Luke Ogang with 257 votes whereas Mathew Okello came fourth with 124 votes.
FDC quickly congratulated Francis Okot who was identified as the party’s main candidate.
“Thank you Gulu University,” the political party tweeted alongside Okot’s picture.
All these students identified with different political affiliations. Musamaino was under the NUP flag, Okello under NRM and Lucas was an independent candidate.
The administration of Gulu University however quickly came out to distance its election from these political parties. A brief statement on social media said that these students contested as neutrals.
“The Guild Electoral Commission maintains that all these students contested as students of Gulu University and not on any party ticket. The EC highly disassociate itself from any political party claiming any student contested on their party tickets.”
In the past few years, Universities have tried so hard to disassociate themselves from political parties in their guild elections. This is due to different reasons such as chaos and violence.
Some people also say the regime could have a hand as the elections kept on undermining its grip on the youths. However, this has proved less successful as political parties and University elections are synonymous.
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