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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Campaigns intensify ahead of Maseno University student polls

A file photo of anti-riot police officers during riots at Maseno University after student elections were disputed. /FILE
A file photo of anti-riot police officers during riots at Maseno University after student elections were disputed. /FILE

Campaigns have intensified at Maseno University in Kisumu as students prepare to elect new officials.

More than 7,000 students are expected to vote for the candidates of their choice in the 2016/2017 elections for the Student Organisation of Maseno University, (Somu).

Read: Maseno University closed after riot over student death in clash with police

The management has already cleared candidates vying for various positions.

Kisumu county Students Union secretary general Fred Makajos and Felix Scott, who were eying the presidency seat were not cleared.

However, the two appealed the decision and the verdict is expected on Friday.

According to the management, they failed to meet the set standards.

Read: Chaos halts student polls in Maseno

Mike Odoyo, Haron Palo Abonyo and Gideon Wafula Ogolla were cleared to contest the presidency.

Brighstar Kasyoka and Ivy Magoma will battle out for the Finance secretary.

Linus Sang and Chris Marucha will battle for the Secretary General seat.

Moses Muthangya was not cleared for the seat and has appealed.

Jane Njau and Isaac Kinyua were cleared unopposed for the director gender affairs and cultural heritage and vice presidency seats respectively.

Faith Mwaniki Njuguna and Kezia Rachel have filed an appeal for failing to be cleared for the above positions respectively.

John Robert Okoth, Somu chair Kisumu campus called for peaceful elections and urged aspirants to observe high standard of discipline.

"Candidates were already nominated by the commission and so far the process has been peaceful. I therefore urge all students and the aspirants to put peace in the forefront and I wish all candidates all the best," he said.

Last year, the university was closed indefinitely after election riots.

Students took to street over the death of a student during campaigns in October 13.

Twenty people were injured during the riots. Students accused the management of interfering with elections.

Read: Students torch Maseno offices

They alleged that the institution, through some lectures were fronting and funding some candidates against their wishes.

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