The Osun State University Students’ Union is set to hold its maiden election. Since the university’s inception, a general association for students did not exist until the 9th of June 2020 when the Vice-Chancellor inaugurated the Students’ Union of the University at a meeting with faculty presidents.
In a letter by the Electoral Committee of the Students’ Union chaired by Amuzat Hammed to the Dean of Students’ Affairs and seen by this reporter, the election has been fixed for Saturday, 28th November 2020. Screening of candidates comes up on 25th November while Manifesto session come up on 26th November.
In an interview with the chairman of the electoral committee, Amuzat Hammed, a 400Level student of the Department of Guidance and Counseling, he expressed happiness at the decision of the University to allow a Students’ Union come into existence. When asked about the support of the university management, Amuzat said: “The university has been giving the support we needed from them and we hope they will continue to give us a listening ear anytime we call on them.”
Regarding the downward review in the price of the nomination form, the chairman of the electoral committee said: “Yes, that is true, looking at the economic factor of the country at the moment and you know all fingers are not equal we need to make it palatable so that those who have interest in this, their passion for it should not be killed.”
In another interview with Samson Olakojo, the Secretary of the electoral committee, when asked about what the electoral committee is doing to ensure the election results are acceptable to all and sundry, he said: “Transparency! We’re doing everything with integrity in a very transparent manner, although the election will be done online and it is beyond anyone to alter or influence the outcome and results of the election. We are also giving out instructions and as well as helping candidates about what they need to understand to get a credible election.”
When asked how the committee intends to bring together students from different campuses to participate in the electioneering process, he noted that with the new normal we are dealing with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtually everything in the election process can be done online, from the screening of candidates to the candidates presenting their manifestos online and the actual voting itself can be done online.
The election will be through an electoral college where 50 students (electors) from each of the six campuses of the University will participate in the election. These 300 students will be the only electorates to decide the pioneer Students’ Union executives of the University.
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