After several postponements, the KNUST SRC finally went to the polls on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 to elect new executive for the 2015/16 academic year.
The beauty of the events preceding the election was marred with injunctions, allegations and numerous postponements. The EC opened nominations in March 2015. Despite the cost of the form for presidency been tagged at 300 Cedis , the portfolio was flooded with applications with 9 candidates attending vetting who were later trimmed down to 5. After the vetting, an aggrieved aspirant popularly known as DNA accused the EC of conniving with some other candidates to unlawfully disqualify him. He dragged the EC, judicial council and the incumbent SRC executive to a District Magistrate Court in Ejisu and an injunction notice was served the EC, forcing them to effect the first postponement of voting. The case was later dismissed with punitive cost of 2000 Cedis to be given to the plaintiff on grounds of not providing further and better evidence.
Voting was then scheduled to take place on Friday, May1 but that did not go down well with DNA. After several accusations and allegations, he decided to go for an appeal at the Kumasi high court. At this point, the University management saw it necessary to step in and pave a way for the election to take place before the semester ended. An order was served the EC to postpone voting one more time, to May 6, 2015.
Meanwhile, some students finished their papers as early as May 1 and had no reason to stay on campus for 6 extra days.
Campus was generally calm and voting time was extended to 8pm at halls of residence to allow every student cast their vote. When Ugfile.com caught up with some students on campus, they expressed their views on the effects of the developments on the election “Its not their fault. It has been overstretched. Many just lost interest. Initially the spirit was very high but with the constant postponement it killed the eagerness. They are voting, they are just not anxious about the results”
The slot for presidency was closely contested by Anane Agyei Lenin, Boakye Nyamekye Isaac-BNI ,Samuel Amoako Kusi-SAK, Mandela Pizarro Sheriff and Edwin Kortey with Lenin and BNI tipped to be favorites in the contest.
At the close of polls, there was Dumsor on campus which made the EC to schedule the declaration of results for Thursday May 7, at Focus Fm. Mr. Melchizedek Esilfie, the Electoral Commissioner declared the results as follows:
BNI – 2949 – 30.58%
LENIN – 2682 – 27.81%
SAK – 2633 – 27.30%
KOTEY – 642 – 6.66%
PIZZARO – 600 – 6.22%
SABINA – 3454 – 35.81%
TRACY – 3000 – 31.10%
NANCY – 1732 – 18.16%
VERONICA – 1117-11.58%
KEKELI – 3960 – 41.06%
CHARLES – 3066 – 31.79%
YAM – 2000 – 69.95%
POMAA – 664 – 23.22%
We congratulate the newly elected executive and wish them well in their quest to serve the interest of students.