SUG 2019/2020 Election: Management Introduces E-Voting

Sequel to the meeting held by the electoral committee members for the Students’ Union Government election at the old Board of Studies hall on 1st day of November 2019 to discuss about the reason why the 2019 SUG election has been delayed, and as well disclose the method for voting to the public.

The meeting which started around 3:43pm had in attendance the Dean Students’ Affairs, Dr. Ajibola, Members of Staff of the Directorate of Students’ Affairs, Representatives of Faculties and Departments, as well as Students’ Union representatives.

“The reason for the delay in the election activities is because of change of the voting method by the Management. To me, there is the need to look into the school environment and the threat to security which as a result, the management has decided to introduce e-voting”, Dr. Ajibola said.

He also added, “The preparation has been ongoing because there is the need to download the software for the voting which was finalized on Monday morning and would be tested in one of the Faculties elections on next Tuesday or Wednesday. Also, this method was introduced to ease students, so they can have the chance to cast their vote anywhere they are”.

In his own observation, one of the representatives from the faculty of Engineering raised that there is the need to put into consideration the confidentiality and the human factor. He said there is the need to take cognizance of those that will be handling the voting processes.  [adinserter name=”Block 3″][adinserter name=”Block 2″]

In response to that, Dr. Ajibola said there would be a projector and a big screen to monitor the voting. He said that e-voting is a development which tends to change the method of the usual manual election.

In addition, he emphasized that the date for the election is yet to be deliberated on but weeks before the end of examinations, the date would be selected and announced.

Mr. Oyewo, a representative from the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies (FBCS), inquired more on the effort of the management towards curbing manipulation and the trust on the innovation. Also suggested that to prevent chaos during election as well as to ensure that all students have access to voting during the election, there is the need to make available the manual voting system so that if there is server problem for the e-voting, students can also exercise their franchise by switching to the manual voting method.

In response to that, Mrs. Ayoade said the Management wants the e-voting instead of the manual voting because of the security threats on campus. She stated that the only criterion for the voting is school fee receipt which a student cannot vote more than once. She reinstated that necessary orientation would be given to the students.

The software personnel also said that the website for the e-voting which for security reasons is not allowed to be disclosed to the students for now. He said that confidentiality is ascertained as well as the internet access on that day would be stable as no other internet server would be allowed to connect and about twenty thousand students are presently on the data base.

The meeting also had an agenda for screening exercise where about thirty-three (33) aspirants for the Students’ Union executive posts were screened as well as thirty nine aspirants for Senate seat at the Students’ Representative Council and which they were all marked as being qualified for the posts.

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