This week, we launched the first ever Electronic/online Student Governing Council Voting and election tallying in the history of Mekaela Academies.
Our Pioneer institution- Mekaela Manuel Alexander School, had the enviable chance of pioneering the use of technology in student elections.
For long, our students were used to the manual voting i.e. ballot casting, counting, and tallying.
As our schools have continued to embrace and incorporate ICT in classrooms; the students were at the ripe-stage where they would be introduced to this new style of voting.
Electronic voting offers a myriad of advantages as compared to manual voting, among these include: Fast & efficient ballot casting; no-paper work (saving a tree); fair and transparent elections with minimal human-interference; no spoiled votes; real-time vote tallying and analysis.
The students enjoyed the process which, in a school of over 250 students, took under 2hours to complete the entire voting, tallying and result announcement. We had seven polling stations each equipped with a clerk, a returning officer, an observer, a tablet, and voters master roll.
The exercise was made a success by the close co-operation between Teachers (polling clerks & returning officers), I.C.T Department, school administration, students, security team and the management for facilitating the entire event.
The Mekaela Academies Fraternity congratulates Zawadi Faith (pictured below) on clinching the Student Governing Council President's Position. We wish her all the best as she leads her team in this academic year.
Click on the video below to watch how the election process was: