The controversy surrounding the participation of Distance and City Campus students in this year’s University of Ghana SRC election appears to be one that wont end anytime soon. A day after the President of the Accra City Campus SRC Delali Kporha stated that his constituents wont be partaking in this year’s SRC elections, President of the Distance Unit SRC, Daniel Yao Ahiadorme has also stated that Distance students wont be voting too.
This follows 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 29 (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.”
Speaking on Accra based Radio Univers this morning, Ahiadorme stated that his outfit had not been involved in any discussion making them aware of the Ecs directive hence they wont be voting. He further believes this is an attempt to satisfy the interest of few.
“We have not been involved in any discussion, this is an attempt to satisfy their interest, to the best of my knowledge, am not aware we are to vote and we are not prepared to change the norm so we are not voting”, he said.
The leader of students undertaking distance programmes also accused UG SRC Local NUGS President Richmond Asare Tinkaro of ratifying the Korle-Bu and Atomic Campus into an SRC under the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) but ironically leading a crusade to turn the Distance and City Campus into JCR
“Richmond Asare at USAG Senate ratified Atomic and Korle-Bu Campus into an SRC under USAG but wants to turn us into a JCR, its just an attempt to satisfy their political masters”, he said.
Attempts to get in touch with Richmond Asare at the time of publication proved futile.