The pass mark for this year’s University of Ghana SRC vetting will be 70 percent. Speaking on Accra based Radio Univers this morning, electoral commissioner Rexford Opare stated that the constitutional instrument prepared by the commission increases the mark from a previous 60 percent to 70 percent to make the process more competitive.
Constitutional Instrument CI
Mr.Opare was explaining how different this year’s CI is from that of last year. The commissioner believes this will help the commission in its work due to the number of aspirants (many).
“…Vetting will be held for which pass mark will be 70 percent, and from time past checking the records it was 50 and was later moved to 60, so now we are changing the status quo, and in changing the status quo we want to make it 70 because we want to it to be highly competitive then also because we have many aspirants we want to separate the boys from the men”, he said.
The commission according to Mr. Opare won’t hesitate to punish candidates who engage in acts contrary to the rules spelled out in the CI. He added that candidates will be required to stay 50 meters away from the polling station after voting.
“Candidates after casting their ballots shall not be found within 50 meters radius from the polling station, we will punish those who disobey any rule”, he stated.
Approval of CI
Commenting on some opinions criticizing the pace at which the commission laid the CI before legislative arm General Assembly, Mr. Opare said the commissioners prepared the CI with the help of the previous electoral commission even before the commissioners were vetted by the General Assemblies’ vetting committee.
“it was something that was prepared even before we appeared for vetting, it’s not that we just sat done some few minutes to prepare for General Assembly to approve it”.
System of Voting
On the system of voting which has become a topical issue since the commission announced that Stephen Ato Forson, CEO of IPRO Solution will be providing the software for this year’s election, Opare believes the focus must be on how to ensure the electronic system will be free and fair adding that a stakeholders forum will be held later to come up with proposals.
“Whether we go by ballot or electronic we will face some form of problems, we have agreed that we will go electronic, let’s find ways and means, how to ensure that this electronic system will be free and fair that is why we will be having a stake holders meeting immediately after vetting.
The electoral process began on March 18 with the opening of nominations. Vetting of the various aspirants is expected to take place on March 31 with a face to face at the Korle-bu campus on April 7. The usual heated Presidential debate at Radio Univers is scheduled for April 12 followed by the Legon campus face to face on 20th April. Thursday April, 21 will be the day of voting and the publication of the final results the following day.