It’s voting season at Akilah! Last week we held elections to appoint our new Student Government for the January-August 2012 school year (See more pictures of speeches, voting, and results on our Facebook Page>>).
We began by holding speeches from all candidates: thirteen students ran for a total of seven positions (second place for President automatically becomes Vice President). Executive Director Lisa Martilotta opened by emphasizing the importance of transparency and fairness in elections, and the students agreed to be democratic and unbiased.
The speeches were compelling, touching on subjects like transportation and lunches, and received many standing ovations! After the candidates had finished, students stood to ask questions: If you plan on being transparent, can we also count on you to be our confidant if we come to you with private issues? How do you plan on organizing student transportation? What other tangible goals would you hope to achieve as president?
The following day the students voted. Two polling stations were set up, and the students cast their ballots quickly and efficiently. To make the process more official, we had each student approve their ballot with their thumbprint.
After counting the ballots several times, finally the results were in! Please meet our new Student Government (from left to right):
President- Fais Uwizeye
Vice President- Julian Kankunda
Minister of IT- Betty Umugiraneza
Campus Welfare Counselor- Nadine Niyitegeka
Secretary- Aphisan Nyiratunga
Yellow Class Representative- Vestine Uwamahoro
Green Class Representative- Joselyne Uwimana
The students were incredibly excited, and celebrated by raising our new President, Fais, up on their shoulders.
Congratulations to our new Akilah politicians!