Campus politics has recently taken a different dimension. I talk to one of the students who tells the impact of the change especially the new election rules. Here is what transpired.
Being a university student, what is your take on the current election laws introduced in the institution that has replaced the mass voting system with a system of delegation that chooses leaders for you?
The recent law that has replaced the mass voting system with a delegation that chooses student leaders is oppressive and suppressive. It brings compromise on leaders we wish for. Keeping in mind most of us are seniors and our right to vote is enshrined in the constitution, the law is aimed at taming the power of student leaders therefore manipulating them.
What has been the reaction of your leaders on this issue?
Nothing! Am surprised our leaders are silent! Really surprised! I expect more from them but they have failed us. It is really disappointing.
History has it that student leaders are bold and outgoing and courageous. What do you think has changed over time?
The government has instilled fear. If you remember, UON student leader was sentenced to jail for his involvement in the botched 1982 coup attempt, he later died in prison. Since then the government has been enacting laws to curtail , manipulate and control the power of student leaders. Laws such as this one.