Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has completed its preparations for this year’s Student Representative Council (SRC) elections, scheduled to take place on 29 September 2022. Speaking on MUT Radio, Dr Mthoko Ntuli, Student Development Officer at MUT, said it was all systems go for the annual elections.
“The preparations are progressing very well, and activities are conducted according to set timelines,” said Dr Ntuli.
Dr Ntuli said added that the preparations were in advanced stages as the Chief Electoral Officer had already been appointed as prescribed by the SRC constitution, and nominations had already closed. Candidates have also been verified for their eligibility to contest SRC elections, the final candidate list has been published, and security meetings were also conducted.
“The SRC Elections Risk Management Committee has met to identify potential risks, and develop control measures to mitigate risks,” said Dr Ntuli.
The SRC Elections campaigns by different organisations contesting elections are underway.
“The preliminary voters roll is out for students to check their names. The social cohesion workshop was conducted last weekend to prepare the students for the elections,” said Dr Ntuli.
He explained that the workshop was an important feature of pre-election activities and promoted social cohesion among different student organisations so they could contribute to the promotion of a cohesive student body. Dr Ntuli added that the candidates’ workshop would take place this weekend.
Dr Ntuli also said that the IEC was satisfied with the level of support by the institution, and that of participating students.
The following student formations will be taking part in the SRC Elections: African Christian Student Movement (ACSM), Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC), South African Democratic Student Movement (SADESMO) and South African Student Congress (SASCO), along with six individual candidates.
Dr Ntuli said the student formations would present their manifestos on 27 September 2022 at the University’s Seme Hall. “The event will also be streamed live,” he said.
Dr Ntuli said the level of participation in the SRC elections was high; between 50% and 60% of MUT students are expected to cast their votes.