BY: Communication Team
Timothy Tikani is the President Elect of RVIBS Student Governing Council (SGC) after emerging the winner of a hotly contested election held Friday October 27, 2023.
In the race, which was a cocktail of political tricks, Tikani was lucky to convince 13 students more than his closest competitor Emmanuel Njoroge.
Tikani got 354 votes against Njoroge’s 341. Hope Jemimah came in third after garnering 27 votes.
Despite the slim win, all the candidates accepted the outcome and hailed the Student Electoral Commission (SEC) for conducting a free, fair and transparent election.
“It was fair, well organized and the most transparent election in East Africa. I loved the set up and professionalism exercised,” Hope, a presidential candidate, said.
In a press statement, Njoroge, popularly known as Njosh, accepted the outcome of the election and wished his team the best.
“Tikani the President Elect with 354, Emmanuel Njoroge with 341 . . . God Bless you all. We keep the winning for another time,” Njoroge, a student at the School of Media, said.
In a classic example of someone who won the battle, but lost the war, Njosh was able to deliver every other seat in the student government as his team, Ndovu ni Kuu, scooped all the positions but missed the presidency. His team won the positions of Deputy President, Academics Director, Sports Director and Secretary General.
Evelyne Njeri was elected the deputy president, Edward Ledama Secretary General, Keith Wango Academics Director and Jackson Esiyen the Sports Director.
Njeri is from the School of Cosmetology, Esiyen and Wango are from the School of Health and Applied Sciences while Ledama is from the School of Tourism.
Other candidates who participated in the election are David Kamuyen, Vincent Kiptoo Keter, Francis Kabui and Achuoth Chol Ngang.
The election witnessed the largest voter out since the advent of students’ politics in the institution. Voter turnout was at 71%.