The official results for the University of Ghana 2015 SRC elections was finally declared on Friday at about 11 am. The election despite ending at 8pm on Thursday had its results declared on Friday due to some acts of violence which halted the entire coalition process. The services of the Ghana Police Service helped coil the violence that seemed to be escalating.
Results that started trickling in as voting ended amazed most students. Prior to the elections, candidate Mikdad Mohammed, a resident of Commonwealth Hall was virtually leading on various opinion polls that was carried out online and even on Radio Univers. Aside serving as SRC PRO under the Edem Agbanna led administration, he had carved a niche for himself as a popular student activist on UG Campus. His opponent Davis Ohene Fobi on the other hand struck limelight a year ago when he together with other students placed an injunction on the election that brought Joshua Dogbe into office. This was known to keen followers of the political terrain, but the general student body perceived Fobi as the underdog.
Events preceding the elections heightened the tensions. Both camps engaged in warfare on social media with messages meant to cause mischief key among them. The issue of who caused dumsor to become a good friend of residents of the Traditional Halls played in favor of Mikdad Mohammed despite numerous attempts by Team Fobi to dispel such rumors. This same issue helped Davies Ohene Fobi to gain the support of residents of the four new Halls (Nelson,Limann,Kwapong and Sey). The religious card was also deployed in this warfare.
The issue that seemed irrelevant initially seemed to have in one way or the other greatly affected the fortunes of candidate Mikdad. Mikdad Mohammed, a practicing Muslim, had his religious belief being a basis why some “supposed strict adherents” of the Christian faith decided not to vote for him.
About two hours after voting ended on Thursday, April 9th, most polling station results which had been declared revealed that Davis Ohene Fobi was leading by an outrageous margin (opinion of some students). The final stroke that broke the camel’s back was when rumors started circulating on social media that Fobi had won by 82 percent at Commonwealth Hall, the residence of Candidate Mikdad. This was wrong though.
A scuffle ensued at Commonwealth Hall, halting the declaration at that polling station. This arose because the results that had been released at other polling stations was mind boggling to residents of Commonwealth Hall. The rumors of Fobi’s victory at the Vandal City despite the fact that results had not been declared apparently caused the v-mates to stop the process at their polling stations. They engaged in a procession to the Union building where some other students of Mensah Sarbah Hall had already gathered. The presence of the two forces perceived to be fighting the same cause resulted in destruction of some properties at the Union Building. The arrival of the Police coiled the violence. The police confiscated electoral materials for safe keeping and had the results of Commonwealth Hall as well as provisional results declared by the EC the following day. This year’s election recorded the highest voter turnout surpassing the 4,705, 5,517 and 3,634 recorded in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively. Below is a breakdown of the results from various polling stations.