South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU), the only university situated in lower Eastern has made a record of doing away with popular majority electoral system of electing student and adopted the delegate system where a group of sampled students are given chance to exercise their democratic rights on behalf of the majority.
A few representatives from each year i.e first years, second years, third years and fourth years are selected. Their number will be used to determine the student leaders, that is, The President and the Deputy, Secretary General and the Deputy, Treasury secretary, ladies representative secretary, special needs secretary and Academic secretary.
South Eastern Kenya University will go down in the annals of history as the first university in Kenya to adopt this US-based system of voting. No other university in Kenya has adopted the same system probably or maybe because the foundation of democracy in Kenya is pinned on the British electoral system where every voter exercise his or her democratic right by casting their votes to aspirants of their choice
This system of voting has advantages to the students as it will stem negative politics witnessed in the usual electoral system because Presidential aspirants are field by the delegates themselves. It will also save aspirants a lot of time and resources travelling from one hostel to another doing campaigns. This system will further entrench nationhood by ensuring tribes are not factored in determining who the leaders are
Accompanying these advantages are numerous disadvantages. The main disadvantage is that not all the views of the majority are heard. The few selected delegates may decide to pursue a subjective view of electing the leaders. Also, this system is corruptible as the administration can compromise the outcome by influencing the voting. Due to harsh economic times, delegates can be bribed to vote however the administration wish to emerge as the winner
The administration of SEKU may find it hard explaining the main motive behind the transition from the usual voting system to the current delegate system. Some leaders have read mischief as the current leaders have been in crossroads with senior most leaders especially the vice Chancellor on many issues including the push to bring down skyrocketing fare from Kwa vonza to the main campus
- It remains to be seen whether SEKU will succeed in abolishing electoral systemsy