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    UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR STUDENTS UNION GOVERNMENT ONLINE ELECTIONS REPORTEDLY INTERRUPTED BY HACKERS

    CALABAR UNIVERSITY ELECTORAL COMMISSION RELEASES RESULTS OF AN INCONCLUSIVE ELECTION.

    UNICAL SUG PRESIDENT, AFUFU ANTHONY LEADS STUDENTS AND DECLARED WINNER TO INVADE MEDICAL STUDENTS' HOSTEL(RESIDENCE OF ONE OF THE  PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES)

    SUG PRESIDENT AND SOME STUDENTS VANDALISE HOSTEL PROPERTIES

    UNICAL SURVEILLANCE OPEN FIRE ON MEDICAL STUDENTS.

    Reports from the University of Calabar has it that crisis and protest is currently brewing in the University over the just concluded Students Union Government Election which was scheduled to run from 10:00am - 2:00pm, April 24th.

    Thousand of students were left dissatisfied after they were unable to access the voting portal some Minutes after voting commenced. Voting on was suspended and continued by 11:30 before being abruptly stopped by 1:00pm, an hour to the proposed deadline.





    Whilst students were expecting the Electoral commission to formally brief students on the reasons for the challenges faced,  results were announced with the winner of the Presidential election winning by a little more than 400 votes (an election with almost 10,000 declared eligible voters after compulsorily paying fees).

    The SUG President,  Afufu Anthony then led bandits into the Medical Students hostel(the Hall of residence of one of the Presidential candidates) to celebrate the declared winner with the official vehicle of the SUG President. Afufu Anthony broke into the hostel,  smashing windows and bottles before being seized by the Hall authorities pending security intervention to be held responsible for the destruction.

    Men of the surveillance unit arrived the hall of residence and in an attempt to break into the hall, opened fire on medical students. With bullet shells littered around the hostel.

    The SUG President was later released untouched by the Hall authorities.

    Two students were arrested during the solidarity procession to the venue were students were chased off after shooting sporadically into the air. The students have been moved to the police station by 7:15pm.

    As of today, Wednesday, 25th April, 2018, the following headlines were made from the University of Calabar:

    #UNICALDECIDES2018: NEW SUG EXECUTIVES ELECTED AMDIST DUBIOUS AND CONTROVERSIAL ONLINE ELECTIONS ALLEGEDLY INTERRUPTED AND MANIPULATED BY HACKERS

    *UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR IN TURMOIL AS STUDENT'S UNION GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS   IS MARRED BY IRREGULARITIES.*

    *UNICAL SUG ELECTIONS ALLEGEDLY INTERRUPTED BY HACKERS AS THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS ARE LEFT DISENFRANCHISED*

    *CUECO RELEASE RESULTS OF AN INCONCLUSIVE ELECTION*

    The University of Calabar had erupted into chaos as an aftermath of the 2018 *STUDENT'S UNION GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS* result which was released despite irregularities.

    The Election was scheduled to run from 10:00am to 2:00pm on the 24th of April 2017.

    The election began in earnest by 10:00am as various candidates and their supporters were around campus to gather pins for the electoral voting, introduced in 2014.

    Few minutes into the election, several electorates began to complain about difficulties in logging into the site (unicalevotes.com). Several screenshots of the voting experiences and difficulties faced were littered on social media. The Electoral Commission (CUECO) suspended the elections till 11:30am, when voting would continue.
     Elections resumed and problems and reportedly the situation was worse. More complaints flooded social media.

    Few minutes to 1:00pm, the voting on the site was closed and electorates were unable to vote till voting time elapsed. Students waited patiently  for the Calabar University Electoral Commission (CUECO), The Students' Affairs Division or any other management staff to inform the electorates on the reasons for the difficulty experienced and how to tackle it fairly.  In a twist of fate; celebrations began around school premises shortly before the results were released.

    The students' community was divided into factions over the Presidential Elections, where three students competed keenly; *Enyam Kelvin (Faculty Of Management Sciences),  Coco Bassey Esu (Faculty Of Medicine), Joseph Frank (Faculty Of Social Science).*  The electoral provisions singled out medical students and demanded a compulsory deferment of one year academic session before any candidates from the Faculty Of Medicine would stand election; a demand met by one of the candidates *Coco Bassey Esu.*

    The results of the election did not sit down well with majority of the students as the declared  winner of the elections; *Enyam Kelvin*  won by a little above *400 votes,* compared to about *10,000 Students* who were to receive pins for the election scoring to the lost of eligible voters from the electoral commission, after meeting a compulsory criterion of payment of school fees, not taking into account a number of others who had paid their fees but did not receive their pins.

    Students from various parts of the University began a peaceful protest to reject the election results, seeking reasons as to why an election result would be released,  when it was obvious that the electoral process had been a complete disaster.

    Two students were arrested during the solidarity March to hear from the CUECO Chairman. The two students have been tagged to be cultist and have since been moved to the Police station as at 7:15pm 24th April 2018.

    The University management is yet issue a public statement as many questions seek to be answered.

    Is the Management going to take responsibility for failing to provide secure and fair voting process even after thousands of students were made to compulsorily paying fees to enable them vote?

    Will the School Management accept to let such a result stand, a result decided by about 700 students in all compared to 10000+ eligible voters,  especially when the problems came from the administrators of the site?

    Was it a deliberate act from the management who have traditionally tried to remain neutral or a case of compromise of the site 'anname technologies'?

    Students are calling and demanding on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Zane Akpagu popularly known for his Student oriented administration of the University put the Students and their good will first.

    We await as the story unfolds.

    Danieka Maith
    UNICAL

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