Busitema University Gets First Female Guild President

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The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering student becomes the second female guild president in the country. Makerere University recently elected Adeke Ann Ebaju as its guild president.

Ziila Mary Arach, a student of Busitema University main Campus, has been declared winner of the hotly contested guild presidential elections at the institution.
 
She was declared the winner after beating two male contestants.
 
Isaac Museveni, the returning officer, Busitema University, declared Arach the winner on Tuesday night at 11:30pm. 
 
Museveni announced that Arach scored a total of 1,006 votes while Isaac Ongom got 775 votes and David Omongot got 575 votes.
 
Arach is a student from Busitema University main Campus while both Omongot and Ongom are students from the Arapai Campus.
 
Denis Mayanja, the chairperson Electoral Commission, told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that Arach is the first female Guild President to be elected at Busitema University.
 
Museveni says the elections were free and fair although there was a problem of 100 missing ballot papers.
 
He says the results for all the other posts will be pinned on the noticeboards of all the four campuses of Busitema University.
 
Ongom and Omongot were at Arapai, Soroti Campus, when the final results were announced at the main Campus.
 
The results came on the back of demonstrations that rocked the university.

Busitema University Electoral Commission was forced to temporarily halt the voting process on Monday as students protested the inadequate number of ballot papers. The process was suspended in the three campuses of Busitema main, Nangongera in Tororo and Namasagali in Kamuli.  
 
The demonstration had broken out on Monday afternoon at Arapai Campus in Soroti.

The ballot papers were taken for safe keeping at various Police stations of Busia, Kamuli and Tororo until the situation calmed down. They were later returned in the evening.

Mayanja blamed the incident at Arapai on underestimation of registered voters. He says once the students learned that only 1700 ballot papers had been delivered instead of 1800, they thought something fishy was going on.
 
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Arach replaces Geoffrey Gordrio as guild president.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering student becomes the second female guild president in the country. Makerere University recently elected Adeke Ann Ebaju as its guild president. 

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.