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Thursday, May 11, 2017

AAUA Students adopt eVoting to elect SUG Leaders

The Senate building of Adekunle Ajasin University
Students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) in Ondo State have elected their Leaders using an electronic voting process. The exercise was described as rancour-free.  report. 

Coming out of internal wrangling, which led to the impeachment of some union leaders, students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) in Ondo State, last Thursday, went to the poll to elect their leaders. The election came months after it was abruptly postponed by the school management to prevent mayhem on the campus, following the impeachment of the Union’s erstwhile president and treasurer.

The election was historic, as it was the first time students would elect their leaders through a rancour-free electronic voting method. The voters were required to register online weeks before the election, after which secret codes were generated and sent to the students through their mobile phones on election day.



A big screen was erected at the Obasanjo Multipurpose Hall to display the results as the election was drawing to a conclusion. This was done to ensure transparency in the process and douse tension among camps of the candidates.

A few minutes after the election began, students rose in protest against the disappearance of some candidates’ pictures on the voting platform, which negated the electoral guideline. In response, the Students’ Union Electoral Committee (SUEC) officials refreshed the electronic platform to correct the error. Voting started after the pictures of all candidates were uploaded on the platform.

Three hours later, the election ended. Olawale Ijanusi, a 400-Level Philosophy student was elected the president with 1,516 votes, defeating his closest rival, Isaac Ayeni of Public Administration, who garnered 667 votes.

The e-voting process needs to be strengthened and deployed for the conduct of national election, says Chinedu Onele, a 400-Level Law student. He said the manner the election was conducted made students who initially criticised e-voting to accept the outcome.

He said: “This is the second time electronic voting would be employed to conduct the union election; the success recorded in this process far outweighed the previous version. Despite that there was a glitch experienced in voting time, because of aspirants’ pictures, the e-voting went on without generating credibility problem for the whole process.

“It should be noted that about 130 had already voted before the e-voting platform was refreshed to allow for the upload of candidates’ pictures. All in all, it was a free, fair and peaceful election so far. Its outcome was generally accepted by everyone.”

Others elected included Vice President;  Ayotola Akinfela; General Secretary; Lawrence Adekunle; Public Relations Officer; Samson Adelowo; Financial Secretary- Toheed Obashile; Oluwadamilola Olamibo (Treasurer); Olaoluwa Ayiloge (Welfare Director);  David Kuduyo (Social Director); Akinlawon Olisa (Sports Director) and Kayode Fajembola (Assistant General Secretary).

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