The Executive Committee (EXECOM) of the University of Ghana Students’ Representative Council (UG SRC) has been handed a December 24 ultimatum to appoint an interim Electoral Commission (EC).
According to the SRC Judicial Board which issued the directive, the new Commission will be responsible for conducting fresh elections at the Mensah Sarbah and Akuafo halls polling stations for level 200 & 300 residents by this year’s Christmas Eve.
This follows the removal of the Henry-Ackon-led EC on the basis of ‘willfully’ disobeying, violating court orders.
A statement signed by the Chief Justice, Regina Akpaloo indicated leading candidates, per the collated results excluding that of the affected halls, will be sworn into office pending the conclusion of a rerun of the elections, if the order is not executed by the deadline.
“Where the EXECOM fails to comply with this order of the Court, the leading candidates in the current polls will have to be sworn in before the end of the academic year as a lacuna cannot be created,” part of the statement reads.
The board explained the order needs to be complied with by the stipulated time considering a break that the University management will embark on for the purpose of Christmas and new year festivities.
“We hope the parties involved will comply with the directives above and work with us to ensure power is transitioned smoothly,” the statement added.
It would be recalled that following the declaration of the election results, some aggrieved students run to the office of the dean of students affairs with election petitions.
Among others, the petitioners requested the Dean, Prof. Godfred Bokpin to address ‘irregularities’ that occurred at some polling stations including Mensah Sarbah Hall and Akuafo Hall.
The Dean, as a result, constituted a six-member committee chaired by Prof. Emmanuel Kofi Ackah to review and investigate the alleged electoral improprieties and irregularities as well as make recommendations on the basis of its findings.
Firstly, this did not sit well with the four elected executives as they appealed to the acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic and Students Affairs, Prof. Daniel Ofori Frimpong to call the dean of students to order in a petition dated November 8, 2021.
Secondly, the four elected executives sent a letter to the Vice-Chancellor on November 19, 2021, requesting Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo to order the Dean to get transitional processes to begin.
Against the backdrop of pressure from the university community, the interim SRC executives indicated that a handing over ceremony will be held only within five days after the ruling of the Judicial Board on an election petition.
In its ruling on December 10, 2021, the Judicial Board annulled the results of the manual elections at the two polling stations and ordered fresh polls.
After the Judicial board verdict, President and Vice-president Elect, Prince Asumadu and Wisdom Ndukwe told Univers News that their camp is expecting the recommendations from the Dean’s Committee.
The then Electoral Commission wrote in a statement that ‘it will not conform to the ruling and directives of the SRC Judicial Board’.