The National Association of Students of English and Literary Studies University of Jos chapter departmental election has been suspended.
The election which commenced around 10:00 am on Wednesday at the faculty of arts premises, witnessed a massive turn out of students from the department who were fully ready to vote for who will represent them.
However, as the election was ongoing, with students patiently in the long queue exercising their franchise there came a directive from the office of the Head of the Department, Professor Iniesta Atu, that the election should be suspended with immediate effect or the election committee should face a penalty.
This directive came as a result of the election committee’s failure to properly and formally inform the H.O.D.
The conveyor of the message said “The H. O. D is quite displeased with the Election Committee ‘s attitudes displayed towards her by failing to inform her regarding the election, as a result of that, she thereby urged the election committee to suspend the election or get ready to face the penalty that will follow
Immediately after the directives the chairman of the Election Committee (ELCOM), Comrade Katim Fred suspended the election even when voting was about to finish.
Speaking with the ELCOM chairman, comrade Katim Fred narrated that “when planning to fix a date for the election the H.O.D had not been coming to school due to some health challenges she was facing, so they wrote a letter to the staff adviser to seek for the confirmation from the management of the department and the faculty level about the planned date for the election, in which they thought was the due process they have followed.
He added it was unfortunate that the directives came when the election was about rounding up. He also maintains that all effort was put in place to plead with the H.O.D to allow them to continue with the election as they are almost through with the election, but all effort proves abortive as the HOD was already offset with their action.
Pleading with the students the ELCOM chairman apologies and took responsibility for all the errors committed.
He therefore beg the students and the management of the department to forgive them for all the inconveniences they had caused, most especially to the HOD disrespecting her office and to the students who came out massively and under the sun to vote for their leaders with the hope that all is set for the election but unfortunately this was the outcome.
He also promised that they will do all possible means to resolve the issue and fix a new date for the election.
Another student from the department, Bitrus Longleng expressed his grievances towards the action of the ELCOM for committing such mistake, that students came out massively to partake in this exercise and after queuing for a very long time under the sun all they could get was the suspension of the election, and , that he is highly disappointed at the election committee
Efforts were put in place to beg with the head of the department to let them continue with the election by some staff of the department, but all efforts were abortive and the election had been suspended till further notice.
By Ayuba Doekyil
Edited by JM (3/5)
Edited by JM (3/5)
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