Committed to its drive to ensure full implementation of e-administration in the College, the Management of Federal College Education, Abeokuta has adopted the electronic mode of voting that allowed students of the Institution vote electronically for their preferred candidates in this year’s Students Union election that took place recently.
The e-voting platform which was a shift from the manual ballot system of election was the first of its kind to be introduced in Students Union Election conducted in the College. It recorded huge success with massive turn out of students at the polling centre to explore the innovation.
The Dean Students’ Affairs, Dr. A. Kehinde Badaru, speaking on the effectiveness of the platform said it allowed for transparency and accuracy such that as students voted, it was being monitored and immediately counted electronically. He further stated that the platform was capable of capturing about 6,000 voters in three hours. “The projection is that if 250 students can vote in 5 minutes then, 1,000 students should be able to vote in 20 minutes. But, our estimation is that in 30 minutes, 1,000 students would have voted and when we are talking of 3 hours, 6,000 students would have been captured”, he said.
While expressing their happiness on the development, a student of Physical and Health Education in the School of Science, Mr. Odewale O. Emmanuel, lauded the College Management for the innovation and further appealed that the e-exams already adopted for Education courses be used in the conduct of other courses offered in the College.
Also, another student from the School of Science and an agent to one of the aspirants in the election, Miss Kolawale Zainab, noted that the platform would disallow cheating because of its transparency.
A representative of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Ogun State Chapter, and Chairman, Students Union Electoral Monitoring Team (SUEMT), Comrade Oladimeji Usman, who was at the Election ground, commended the College Management for its initiative explaining that the College has joined other Institutions in Ogun State that have adopted e-voting. He also informed that the College would be the fifth Tertiary Institution in Ogun State his committee would be monitoring their SUG elections.
Comrade Usman further appealed to the College Management to ensure it gives close attention to students’ needs while warning Students in Tertiary Institutions to shun cultism and social vices.
The breakdown of the election results showed that, Bankole, Sodiq A of the School of Vocational Education had 1546 votes to defeat Adeyanju, E. Temidayo who had 1255 votes for the Presidential post while Abdullahi, Hafsoh had 1579 votes to beat Shittabey, O. Abeke 1205 votes for the office of the Vice President. Sodiq, Billiamin Owolabi with 1345 votes lost narrowly to Ogunfowoke, T. Adebowale who was elected as the General Secretary with 1368 votes.
The position of Financial Secretary was won by Salako Olawale Ayomipo with 2643 votes. Elegbede, S. Adewale was elected the Sports Director with popular votes of 1752 against 975 votes of his opponent Adediran, A. Adeshile. The Assistant Secretary position went to Fasasi, A. Oyewola (1326 votes) who defeated Amoko, A. Adedoyin (1295 votes). Other positions were occupied by Oladerin, O. Bukayomi- Treasurer, Sokenu, Azeezat Damilola- Welfare Director and Olaleye Y. Olamilekan- Public Relations Officer (PRO).