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Dean of students at John Garang University dissolves the student Union


June 5, 2012 (BOR) - The Dean of students at Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology is accused of confiscating the student’s ballot box and announced the cancellation of the students’ electoral process and the student union on Tuesday.

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Dean of students at Dr. John Garang University of Science and Technology in his office in Bor, June 5, 2012 (ST)

The Dean, Majok Kelei, appeared at the polling station at the University and confiscated the ballot box containing ballot papers terminating the electoral process and went to his office before announcing the suspension of the elections and dissolution of the Union.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune, Kelei said, “I took the ballot box because I am supposed to be the direct person supervising the elections.” He explained that the elections were halted because electoral regulations had not been followed.

According to Kelei, the list of the votes should have been taken from the registrars office and not a separate list of votes extracted elsewhere.

He cited the article 19.4 in the University act that gives him the power to dissolve the Union and stop the elections.

Kelei announced that the Union will be inoperative until August, when his office will form a new one.

“I will be working with the class coordinators until the Union is formed,” said Kelei. 

The chairperson of the students’ electoral commission, Magok Alier Akuot, who is a fourth year student of law, accused the Dean of taking what he called “a baseless and ungrounded” decision by interfering with the students’ electoral processes.

Magot said that his office acted as per the student constitution, which says students are eligible for Union membership and the right to vote if they pay the fees and register with the electoral commission.

“I found out that almost all the students were not registered as members of the Union and I told the caretaker government and the Dean of students to do something, because they did not qualify to vote,” said Magot.

He said he raised a complaint with the Union’s caretaker government and the Dean of students. The Dean and the Union caretaker government agreed to give the students loans to register, in order to become full members before the polling day.

He said his office later on used the names of the registered members of the Union as votes in the electoral process.

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Magok Alier Akuot, Chairperson Students’ Union Electoral Commission (courtesy of the subject)

Magot said the few students who did not register asked the Dean, after the registration was done, to be allowed to vote. The Dean dismissed the requests, according to Magot, and confiscated the ballot box.

Magot said the Dean acted outside his mandate.

“According to the University act, article 19.4, it doesn’t give the Dean the right to cancel or to dissolve the Union,” he said.

He praised his fellow students for remaining calm and orderly during the dispute.

The chairperson of the student caretaker government, Gai Chol Paul, also called for calm among the students. He said the Dean had acted outside his mandate.

Chol also called for the immediate repayment of the money wasted during the electoral process by the Union and the electoral commission, including the money spent by the contesting three candidates.

Among the three candidates that contested for the chair are Thon Kur Anyieth, Geu Samuel Deng and Gai Deng Peter.

The candidates condemned the Dean’s actions and called for a common agreement between the caretaker government of the students and the electoral commission.

Last year students wrote many petitions to the University complaining about the standard of education and facilities.

Students are planning to hold general meeting on Wednesday.


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  • 6 June 2012 08:51, by Jeti

    Yes, Bor is becoming corruption free from the grass-root level to the top.
    Dr. John Garang was a corruption fighter, so please follow his footsteps.

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    • 6 June 2012 09:22, by talentboy2

      Dean, is not student union leader title, its very funny when this illiterate exercised their powers.

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      • 6 June 2012 13:29, by Loko El Pollo


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        • 6 June 2012 13:34, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 6 June 2012 09:28, by Deng Chol Malual

    Student leaderships in universities are meant for learning purposes and to assist University administration. The Dean of student is there to guide them from time to time, not just to response to student issues at last minutes this.
    my advice to students is to remain calm (see Juba University) and follow the dean’s directives till August, 2012.


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    • 6 June 2012 10:22, by John mamer

      The time that will be lost from now to august will be too much, time is money so I donot like the foot dragging services our puiblic servant has become fond of, this dean like a lady who does not want to marry, he want to relax without anybody questioning his proscrination on student issues. The educated class are losing development war.

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  • 6 June 2012 10:48, by Paul Chadrack

    I don’t see any other names, apart from Gai, Alier and Magot. what kind of university is John Garang Memorial centre. corruption and tribalism became an Endemic practice in that place.

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    • 6 June 2012 11:46, by Mabior Dhongbang

      You idiot ,those are Dinka Bor names ,no matter what they will exist stupid ,there is no corruption in giving names .comments positively then using your ass for commenting on this issue. to my fellow citizens at the university thanks for being peaceful , we do not want what nyanyam ,and door are doing in Juba to happen to you. Dean does not know what he is doing because he has never leader anywher

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      • 6 June 2012 14:06, by Paul Chadrack

        Because of one tribe only existing in that the so call Garang university, peace will not prevail there. unless right procedures are introduce to apply for the selection of students. not to have only Magot, Alier,Jongkuc and panreng, we can’t call it a unversity.

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        • 6 June 2012 16:34, by Ahmed Chol

          @Paul Chadrack,

          Who among other tribes [from Anyuak, Nuer, Murle, Taposa, Latuko etc ]applied and was denied admission? Bor people are not corrupt like the rest of Southerners. Since independence from British, no single government has functioned properly without Bor People. Let’s see how far the current gov’t will go?. Stop being hateful

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  • 6 June 2012 12:25, by Roordiordit

    people must be appointed/employed according to their qualification.plse Kelei,we are in democratic country.never use Africa Higher rank Soldier’s Mind.teach yourself the qualities of the good leader.

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  • 6 June 2012 18:58, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    Bravo the students union for not reacting to the decision taken by the what so call dean of student let him bear the shame alone

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  • 6 June 2012 23:54, by Tribe

    Despite how dearly i love and esteem this University , i am damned and totally shock to see how the administrators and the students are steering this blueprint University to its lowest expectation. I though it would be the a place where quality leadership would be adamantly exercise and held as the guidingpost to the of universities and entire Junub. However, iam perpelexed to hear that students..

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    • 7 June 2012 00:11, by Tribe

      are using monies at this early stage to finance or solicit their voters. This’s an early sign of how corruptive lifestyle is being cropped and breed to the future leadership.Student union leadership is a virtual leadership. It’s meant to train and instil interpersonal skill ,persuasion,and leadership qualities to students. It’s not an office where money or benefits are the are ambition or ......

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      • 7 June 2012 00:32, by Tribe

        motivation to aspirants.it a selfless services giving.your benefit is the experient and the recommandation letter a college may write to your prospective employer to supplement your RESUME.therefore,it’s a big no no to use money at this stage.As for flyers and posters,that is the work of institution because it’s a part of learning....

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        • 7 June 2012 00:39, by Tribe

          campaigning in such procedure is an indirect way of buying the voters instead of vocally hassle to knock every mind to your side then to the opponent.lastly,if the students are that rich and want to emulate the Big Boy elites then the should start assuming their tuitions responsiblities instead.Simple as that.

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  • 7 June 2012 01:51, by Matiop Panchol

    University students should be responsible enough to take care of their own affairs. So, for the Dean to come and personally take the ballot boxes is a little uncomfortable. Secondly, all students of a university should be eligible to vote. So, the Univ. might consider adding union membership fee to the school fees. Thanks for the calm!

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  • 7 June 2012 16:08, by Peter Malith

    The Dean of student acted like a child without analyzed the process taken including money wasted and acted at the last minut by confiscted the students ballot box.
    My deaer colleagues in Dr John Garang University just be calm,they Dean need you to make striked then after that the school admin will closed down the school like what happen in Juba University.Being calm meaning you have defeated hi

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