FCE elects deans via e-voting
History was made in the conduct of deanship election in the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu, Enugu State, as the institution, for the first time in her over 35 years of existence, conducted the election, using E-voting system.
The school also adopted the same system to elect new executives of the school’s Students Union Government a few weeks ago.The election, which held on at the popular 750 Capacity Lecture Theatre of the institution, produced new deans for the four schools in the college. Those elected were: Dr. H. U. Ani (School of Education), Mr. Anozie C.C. (School of Languages), Dr. S. A. Mba, (School of Sciences) and Mrs. Anioke B. O. (School of Vocational Education).
The Provost, Prof. B. N. Mba, who spoke to Campusnews shortly after the election, said he was impressed on the conduct of the election through e-voting, describing it as a morale booster in electoral activities in the college. He said that the knowledge of ICT should not be limited to the students alone, but also for the academic and non-teaching staff members of every tertiary institution, pointing out that the world has already become a global village, where everyone should be ICT compliant.
“There is no doubt that the ICT enhances our educational system and this demands that everyone should be computer literate. It is not for the students alone. Lecturers and non-teaching staff should key into the modern technology, to update their knowledge. So, the idea of using e-voting in the deanship election is borne out of the desire to embrace positive change among our academics. In our recent SUG election, e-voting was adopted and it was successful,” he said.
The Registrar, Mrs. Celine Ngozi Nebedum, who monitored the election alongside the chairman, Deanship Electoral Body, Mr. John C. Nebo, appraised the voting systeme-voting, saying it was transparent, free and fair. She said e-voting system has proved to be the best method of conducting elections in the college because it eliminates doubt and repose confidence in both the electorate and the contestants.
Mrs. Nebedum urged both the winners and the losers to work together for the interest of the college, stressing that election of deans of schools is an internal mechanism to elect those that could work in partnership with the management to move the institution to a greater height.