While tensions calmed down across campus for the just ended UG SRC elections, the story was different at the James Topp Nelson Yankah hall today as the residents went to the polls to elect their new student representatives after about two months of litigation in the law court.
The electoral process which saw many injunctions placed on it due to ‘unfair’ disqualifications came to an end this evening with the Electoral Commissioner for the hall, Edwin Kwao declaring the certified provisional results. The spotlight was on Daniel Tetteh Gberbie and Kolawole Nureeden Kolapo since they faced disqualifications from the vetting panel, an act which came as a surprise to many residents of the hall.
After voting ended about 6:20pm this evening, the collating was done quickly and the EC proceeded to declare the results which saw all candidates winning with vast margins that showed they were really the choice of the people. Daniel Tetteh Gberbie; Presidential candidate polled 246 votes against 16 “No” votes to accumulate 96.09% of total valid votes cast for the presidential slot, Kolawole Nureeden Kolapo polled 242 votes against 19 “No” votes to accumulate 92.72% of the total valid votes cast for the Vice Presidential slot, Yalley Emmanuel polled 230 votes against 19 “No” votes to accumulate 92.34% total valid votes cast for the Organizing Secretary position and Derrick Asamoah polled 235
votes against 12 “No” votes to land 95.14% of total valid votes cast for the Treasurer position.
Speaking to the President elect after the declaration of results he said “indeed when God says yes, no one can say no. We have been through a lot. We were met with several hurdles but we are grateful God has seen us through”. He also thanked all those that believed in him and voted yes, and urged all loyalists of JTN Yankah hall to help he and his administration by coming on board and help them achieve excellence. The Vice President elect, Kolawole Kolapo was short of words and could only give thanks to God for seeing them through the court issues through to justice and victory. Among the people offering their congratulatory messages were the Speaker of congress, Legal Advisor and many other residents who chose justice.
The Electoral Commissioner is expected to publish the final results after 24 hours pending any challenge to the provisional results. All efforts to reach incumbent president Bright Aggropah Afoko proved futile.
STORY BY, OSWALD K AZUMAH