31st January 2014 will go down as a day to be remembered in the history of Strathmore University. It is on this day that students decided who was best fit to represent them in the 6th Student Council, of all the contestants who vied for the nine elective positions.
After a period of 2 weeks of engaging, interactive and to some contestants, challenging campaigns, it was now time to go to make a choice.
After the submission of applications to vie, campaigns officially kicked off on 17th January. The contestants were expected to go around classes and present to their fellow students their manifestos and the goals they wanted to achieve once elected to office, in the hope of winning their votes and support.
The first week of campaigns entailed the contestants presenting their speeches at the school’s auditorium explaining in detail their plans, manifestos and goals they hoped to achieve. During the second week they were expected to attend debates in which they would be engaged in a session of question and answer by the students on how they intended to work once in office. Through this sessions they also got ideas and opinions of the students.
The elections took place on Friday from 10.00am to 6.00pm as planned by the Electoral Committee that organised the entire election process; a Committee run by students appointed on a yearly basis. The process begun with the confirmation of names of the voters, this was done to identify whether one was a delegate voting on behalf of a class or not, after which they were given nine ballot papers and they would proceed to the auditorium where they cast their votes under tight security.
The system of election adopted by the University is one where a maximum number of 10 delegates vote on behalf of the class. A total number of 415 delegates voted in an election that the Dean of Students Mr Paul Ochieng’ has for a long time declared to be ‘the most peacefully and civilised Student Council elections in the country’.
The following students were elected:
- Festus Ogindo – Chairperson
- Vincent Wabwoba – Vice Chairperson
- Duncan Mnyogha- Secretary
- Ruth Ambogo- Public Relations Representative
- Ernest Kirui- Finance Representative
- Moses K. Ndeda- Male Academic Representative
- Anne Rerimoi- Female Academic Representative
- Isaac Okello- Male Sports Representative
- Betty Kamande- Female Sports Representative
Congratulations to the incoming 6th Student Council as they take office and begin work. A great task awaits them; to serve diligently and maintain the spirit and letter of Strathmore University, ‘That all may be one’.