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IEBC conducts student elections in Embu school to foster democracy

As a way of fostering culture of democracy and good governance in schools the Independent Electoral And Boundaries Commission on Thursday conducted student council elections at Lions Primary school in Embu town.
Pupils at Lions School Embu during the voting process.|MWINGI TIMES

The IEBC team from Manyatta constituency led by the constituency Returning Officer Caleb Gikonde conducted voter education, monitored campaigns and oversaw the election process to ensure accountability and transparency.

While speaking during the election, the school principal Nancy Waeni said their move to have the election by the IEBC was a way of preparing students early enough on democracy and inculcate the interest of leadership in students.

She said this was the first time they did election under the guidance of IEBC noting that the pupils had an opportunity to elect their preferred president and the students' council.

"It's a milestone for our school that today we are holding our election under the IEBC. The pupils are happy and they elect their leaders .They are choosing the President, Governors and the ministers for various departments," said Waeni.

She noted that the candidates vying for various seats were given opportunity to campaign with students having platforms to address pupils while in parade.

Waeni noted that candidates vying for the seats had their manifesto in place and that is what they were selling to lobby for election. No pupil was allowed to offer any gift to look for support. "Giving out sweets or use of money was prohibited during the campaigns," he said .

In the election Clarice Nyambura was elected as the president of the school with 133 votes.Peter Gichohi came second with 114 votes ,Priya Nyaguthii came third with 97 and Victor Murimi took position four with 28 votes.

The vote cast for this seat which was highly contested was 378  total valid votes were 372, spoiled votes were  4 and stray ballots  2.

For governor contest for Junior Secondary Angel Shirleen tool lead with 88 votes ,Sophia Wangari took position two with 42 votes ,Aisha Ali came third with 15 votes and Ethan Mukua took the forth position after garnering 12 votes.

Abigael Wakapima took lead in Primary governor contest with 63 votes ,Janice Muthoni garnered 56 votes occupying position two,Esther Ngatha came third with 34 votes. Kennedy Njagi got 30 votes and secured number four. Prince Davis got 24 votes with Annia Mwania coming last with 6 votes.


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