Distance and City Campus Students to Vote In 2016 UG SRC Elections

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University of Ghana SRC Electoral Commissioner Rexford Opare has revealed that students of UG’s satellite campus Accra City campus and students pursuing Distance programmes will be allowed to vote in this year’s SRC General Elections.

The communique signed by the Electoral Commission Chair states

“Distance Education students and Accra City Campus students will cast their votes at the Students’ Information Centre”.

Background

This comes on the back of a recent disagreement between the Main Campus SRC and the Leadership of the Accra City Campus and Distance students over the latter’s designation either as a JCR or an SRC.

The SRC President, Davis Ohene Fobi had in a letter reminded the City campus and Distance President that the University’s basic laws identified a single SRC. The Distance and City campus Presidents are on record to have expressed their displeasure over this development.
The SRC’s five year Strategic plan re-echoes the position of the institution’s laws; page 10, item 5 of the plan reads;
“University of Ghana has one Students’ Representative Council (SRC).” Distance and City campus students were not recognized as eligible voters in the past.

Prior to this, article 30 (8)(12) had barred distance and students of the satellite campus from voting and contesting the elections as well. The said provision reads

“Any student pursuing in whole, a programme at any campus of this university where a students’ Representative Council is elected under any other Constitution shall not be eligible to contest as an Executive Officer under this constitution.”

Vetting results

The Electoral Commission also announced vetting results for Tuesday’s vetting via the same communique. Torsu Kwadzo Alfred, a treasurer aspirant failed to meet the pass mark of 70%

Torsu Alfred- Failed to meet pass mark

Torsu Alfred- Failed to meet pass mark

Esinam Afi Seade, a presidential aspirant and Richmond Dompreh her running mate came tops with 84.75%.

L-R Esinam Seade and her running mate Richmond Dompreh

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Esinam Seade and her running mate Richmond Dompreh

Full vetting results below

PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT
ESINAM AFI SEADE & DOMPREH RICHMOND — 84.75%

KEN RICHIE D. GLIKPO & EMMANUEL KWEKU BENYI — 70.19%
AMOFA EMMANUEL ADU & AKHARIGEYA ATABINORE JOSHUA — 82.75%
WISSI WISDOM & ISAAC MARTEY DARPOH — 71.19%
ALLEN OBENG ASARE & BOAHEN NANA YAW ADJEI — 77.44%
GILBERT ASAMOAH AYEBENG & ADUSEI EVANS YEBOAH — 74.81%
MIREKU SHADRACH & KISSI PRINCE — 71.13%
ONASSIS SOWAH ANYETEI & SHERIF K. AMOAH — 73.94%
SECRETARY
ZEN BARBARA — 75.69%
MARFO ABORAA SIKA DORCAS — 83.06%
TREASURER
AMPOFO PRINCE AMOAH — 79.00%
ADU EMMANUEL ACQUAH — 70.06%

TORSU KWADZO ALFRED — 67.44%

Revised Calendar

The Electoral Calendar has also been revised as a result of the suit filed by disqualified Presidential aspirant Joseph Agyekum. Joseph Agyekum had petitioned the SRC Judicial Board challenging his disqualification from the race.

The Electoral Commission had disqualified Joseph Agyekum for failing to meet the constitutional requirement of 3.0 CGPA spelled out in article 30 (1)(b) of the SRC constitution. The Board after four days of hearing the matter dismissed the suit on the basis that Joseph Agyekum had failed to prove that he indeed had the said grade point at the time of filing his nomination.

Per the revised calendar, Face to face at Korle-bu campus will come off on 11th April at 6pm, Presidential debate on Radio Univers 105.7 on 14th April at 6pm , face to face at Legon campus on 20th April at 6pm at the Basketball court, elections on 21st April and declaration of results on April 22nd.

Joseph Kofi Frimpong Ackah-Blay

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