University of Ghana Student’s Representative Council President elect, Prince Asumadu has indicated that his team was waiting for the ad-hoc committees’ recommendation which was set up by the Office of the Dean of Students Affairs.
The seven member committee was set up to probe into election petitions by Samuel Ofosu and some other concerned students who cited irregularities at some polling stations during the presidential runoff election.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive, Prince Asumadu reiterated that his team was waiting on the findings of the committee.
“Myself, the entire students of the University of Ghana and the campaign team, the management team and all that, we are all patiently as good citizens and as good members of the University of Ghana are waiting for the report to be ready in due course from the ad-hoc committee and management so that we all see the way forward. The mandate that was given to Prince Asumadu on 29th October cannot be salvage.” he stated.
On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, students at the University of Ghana went to the polls to elect new executives for the UGSRC.
The UGSRC Electoral Commission declared Stephanie Naadu Antwi as General-Secretary and Daniel Obeng Asamoah as Treasurer-elect at the end of the day’s polls.
Samuel Amos Ofosu popularly known as Nana B, who led in the first phase of the elections lost by obtaining a total of 7,156 votes representing 48.3% of valid votes cast.
However, a date for the presidential runoff between the two leading presidential candidates, Samuel Amos Ofosu and Prince Asumadu, had to be set. This was due to the fact that none of the four presidential candidates met the 50 percent + 1 threshold.
Prince Asumadu and his running mate Wisdom Ndukwe, who trailed in the first round of voting, made a huge comeback in the run-off elections, garnering 7,647 votes, or 51.6 percent of valid votes cast, to become President and Vice President elects, respectively.
The Nana B team petitioned the Office of the Dean of Students Affairs and the Judicial Board, citing irregularities at various polling stations and requesting that an investigation be conducted.
Some Presiding Officers (Electoral Commissioners of Residence Halls) also filed petitions alleging inconsistencies and instances of over-voting at their polling station.
Boaz Tsumasi, the 2nd Deputy UGSRC Electoral Commissioner, also filed a petition, claiming that he did not sign the final declaration sheet of the UGSRC ECs. He also claimed that his signature on the declaration sheet had been forged.
After submissions from all involved, the Judicial Board chaired by Her Ladyship Chief Justice Regina Apaloo, via Zoom meeting on Friday, December 10, 2021, ruled that polls be held at the Mensah Sarbah Hall Polling Station and Akuafo Hall Polling station for level 200 and 300 students who were residents of the hall at the time of elections in October 2021.
The Judicial Boards Verdict
- Online election results cannot be said to be invalid.
- Results for Mensah Sarbah Hall were declared null and void with the absence of proof of verification for the over 300 people who joined the queue to vote 14 minutes to the end of the polls.
- Discrepancies between the number of registered voters and verified voters hence result for Akuafo Hall Polling Station not acceptable.
- University of Ghana Computing Systems to handle the online elections for level 200 and 300 students of Mensah Sarbah Hall and Akuafo Hall in a week after the verdict.
- Handing over ceremony to be held five days after elections.