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BACKLASH OF FASA DECIDES: ONE ON ONE WITH ANISIOBI EMMANUEL

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Last week Thursday and Friday is not one that will be forgotten in a haste in the history of faculty of Arts students association (FASA).
FASA conducted elections to elect the individuals who will take up the mantle of leadership from the incumbent leaders.

The process kicked off on Thursday with candidates tendering their manifestoes, campaign so to say were at its peak. Candidates utilized various means available to propagate their gospel to anyone who cares to listen. The election took place on Friday.

The watchdogs interviewed one of the key candidates, some students who preferred to remain anonymous from different departments and also set up an online poll to ascertain if the election was free and fair.

Only 25 students participated in the online poll as of the time of compiling this piece. 21 students according to the results of the poll indicated “FASA decides” was free and fair while 4 students indicated it was rigged. We however did not provide a column where the participants can give reasons for selecting a given option on the poll.

FASA Poll result

The first student interviewed by watchdogs is from history department, first year to be precise. She complained she was unable to vote. With reasons that her name was not on the list of those who paid for FASA dues despite the fact that she paid and at that moment had the receipt and faculty I.D with her.

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The second student from department of mass communication according to him actually voted but pointed out that he has an Intel from reliable sources that the just concluded election was rigged. He mentioned three names of prominent men in faculty of Arts who according to him perfected the rigging process by voting several times. He further added that these people were working with some of the electoral officers on duty.

The last student from English and Literary Studies stated that she had no issues voting but she noticed some individuals actually voted more than once as there’s no stand by structure in place to checkmate such moves since there were two centers.

Anisiobi Emmanuel
Anisiobi Emmanuel

We however interviewed Anisiobi Emmanuel, one of the FASA presidential candidate.. Below are the excerpts;

The Watchdogs:
What do you think about the just concluded election, do you think the will or wish of the people reflected?

Emmanuel:
Yes to some extent.

The Watchdogs:
Can you expound on what you mean by this please?

Emmanuel:
The will of the people reflected to some extent but it was overridden by some unchecked mistakes like denial of franchise. My own name is not even on the voters register and in-line with this, many left because after staying under the rain to vote, they were denied the opportunity after despite meeting the voting demand which is payment of faculty due.

The watchdogs:
I learnt from a credible source that some persons voted more than once… Is that true?

Emmanuel:
Yes, that is why I stated that in possible honesty, it cannot be termed free and fair’. In the absence of applying ink to a voters finger nail, at the TFS Pavilion to determine a voter who has exercised his or her franchise, voters then take turns to vote more than once.

The Watchdogs:
Are agents allowed in the voting process?

Emmanuel:
Yes but they acted most as spectators, watching over ballot box, instead of watching over the entire process like checkmating the accreditation and ballot paper issuance.

The Watchdogs:
How many hours did it take to vote and how many hours did it take to count the votes?

Emmanuel:
Voting started around 12pm at TFS Pavilion while it started a bit later at the Faculty hall.

Counting started around 5pm till some minutes pass 8pm.

Voting – about 5 hours.
Counting – about 3 hours

The Watchdogs:
Have you officially congratulated your opponent who won?

Emmanuel:
Yes

The Watchdogs:
If yes, when and what are your exact words .. If no why?

Emmanuel:
On Saturday.
I can’t remember my exact words because I called him but he couldn’t pick my call till I met him in the evening of that same Saturday.

The Watchdogs:
What do you think about manifesto day?

Emmanuel:
It was cool but I wish it can be made to be a debate next time, so that voters can have more time to ask the Candidates questions and hear more from them.

It was conducted at Achebe Court while no provision for seat was made

The Watchdogs:
How do you intend to work with this adminstration to ensure your purpose or aims to some extent are implemented?

Emmanuel:
I sincerely wish the administration well but I can only contribute if invited because I may not push myself into administrative affairs, it is more of intrusion.

The Watchdogs:
Can you explain why people have FASA receipts yet their names are not registered?

Emmanuel:
It is beyond my knowledge.

 

The Watchdogs is however currently investigating why some students paid and got FASA receipts and yet are not properly registered for doing so.

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