BES: Tertiary Institutions

Updated February 2022

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) electronic Student Representative Council elections

For the first time the University introduced 67 000 students to electronic voting for the 2021/22 Institutional SRC, Campus SRCs and Student Faculty Council elections which commenced in July 2021 and was successfully concluded in September 2021. There was no physical voting and e-voting offered students the opportunity to cast their vote remotely.

For this election project EISA was tasked to chair all Institutional Electoral Monitoring Committee (IEMC) meetings and the Campus Electoral Monitoring Committees (CEMCs) on six campuses in Gauteng, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga provinces. BES electoral officials were deployed for two days to all six voting sites during the lockdown level 3 to assist with the registration of student structures and individual candidates. The necessary COVID-19 protocols were applied.

University of Fort Hare (UFH) Institutional SRC and Campus SRCs

The University of Fort Hare contracted EISA to deploy and support a fully integrated technical solution in conducting the UFH 2021 online SRC elections.

The BES electronic University of Fort Hare and voting platform provided both hardware and software to meet the related voting requirements of online voting and SMS voting for approximately 15 850 students. This election has seen a higher voter turnout compared to the previous turnout in 2019, which was a manually held election.

As a double check the University of Fort Hare contracted an auditing firm to audit the BES online voting system prior to the nominations and voting period and thereafter they presented the system opening and shut down audit review to the Dean of Students.

University of Fort Hare Convocation e-voting

For the first time the University of Fort Hare, introduced 45 000 Convocation members to electronic voting for the 2021 Convocation elections conducted in March 2021. There was no physical voting and e-voting offered members the opportunity to cast their vote remotely. BES successfully managed the e-voting and in so doing supported the University to embrace online platforms.

University of South Africa (UNISA) 2020 SRC Elections: electronic nominations and voting

The University of South Africa, a recurring client, contracted EISA to deploy and support a fully integrated technical solution in conducting the UNISA SRC 2020 elections. The BES electronic nominations and voting platform provided both hardware and software to meet the related voting requirements of online voting and SMS voting for 350 000 students. Part of the BES brief was to report to the UNISA Independent Electoral Body (IEB) and to present the online nomination and voting system to student structures in seven provinces. UNISA contracted an auditing firm to audit the BES online voting system prior to the nominations and voting period and thereafter present the system opening and shut down audit review to the IEB. This review confirmed that no voting took place prior the agreed opening date and time and after the agreed closing date and time. Fifty-three thousand students voted using the BES online system. BES was also requested to provide technical support to the UNISA SRC national parliament elections, held on-site in March, attended by 89 student leaders from all nine provinces.