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Michelle Kirabo is elected as the new guild president.

As Victoria University adopts an electronic voting method, Michelle Kirabo is elected as the new guild president.

As Victoria University adopts an electronic voting method, Michelle Kirabo is elected as the new guild president.

Victoria University’s new guild president, Michelle Kirabo, was elected for the first time using the university’s new electronic voting method.

Kirabo, a bachelor of arts in journalism and media studies student, received 76.9% of the vote in a two-horse contest, defeating Abdu Basit Kasimaggwa, who received 23.1 percent of the total votes.

A new electronic voting system has been implemented.

During the election, students were able to vote virtually utilizing an online system that required them to connect into their personal accounts.

Precious Aturinda, the Victoria University Assistant Academic Registrar who also oversees the voting system, commented on the election, saying, “The VU Elections are a success.”

“A student can only vote once, and once their vote has been recorded, the voting button is disabled immediately.” Because only registered students can vote, there is no possibility for vote manipulation or electoral fraud in this system,” Aturinda stated.

Prof. Lawrence Muganga, Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University, also described the use of the electronic voting method as a significant milestone.

“We were able to employ an electronic voting system for the first time in the history of higher education in this country, and the candidates were able to count their votes in real time.” Prof. Muganga stated, “They were able to identify whether they were winning or losing in real time.”

He stated that the system made the electoral commission’s job easier.

You don’t need to poll candidates as a candidate; all you have to do is sit at your computer and look at the data and percentages of how the vote is flowing. On top of the amount of transparency demonstrated, it is the technology we are championing. We are really proud of this technology, which assists us in conducting elections.”

Prof. Muganga believes that the technology can be used by a number of institutions around the country.

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