Some level 200 and 300 students who were residents of the Mensah Sarbah Hall Polling Station and Akuafo Hall Polling station at the time of elections in October 2021 have stated that they are not ready to vote again in the UGSRC 2021 election rerun as ruled by the Judicial Board.
On Friday, December 10, 2021, Chief Justice Regina Apaloo 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.
Speaking with UniversNews, residents of the affected halls shared their opinion on the ruling and whether or not they will vote in the rerun elections.
“I don’t think I will vote again knowing that I voted, and they said I should go and vote again because it’s a complete waste of time this will be the third time we are voting.”
“If I tell you I’m really interested in voting, then it’s a complete lie because I thought we have wrapped this thing up and then now we are going to say we are organizing this online election. How sure are we of the credibility? Are we sure that our vote is what is going to be represented? Honestly, this thing is bad.”
“Personally, I am not going to vote again because I have voted twice, and we chose our leaders, and this back and forth with us is not fair and won’t help the students body at large because it’s going to retire growth and the whole students and management. So, they should just have a clear look at it well and come back with a better verdict.” Some lamented.
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 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 because 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 Twumasi, 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.