Pioneering Electronic Student Elections at Manuel Alexander School!

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This week, we launched the first ever Electronic/online Student Governing Council Voting and election tallying in the history of Mekaela Academies.

A Grade 3 pupil being assisted to key her details on the tablet.

Our Pioneer institution- Mekaela Manuel Alexander School, had the enviable chance of pioneering the use of technology in student elections.

A pupil awaiting for their turn to vote.

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.

An election observer (in tracksuit) ensuring all is well!

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.

Real-Time Vote Tallying & Results

The Panel of Observers during the Result announcement ceremony

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.

Headteacher-Mr. Nyundo giving his speech after the elections
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.

Madam President, delivering her maiden speech.

H.E. Madam President Zawadi in her official School Uniform!

Click on the video below to watch how the election process was: