Chief Information Technology Officer of the University of Ghana Computing Systems, Mr. Francis Boachie has affirmed that preparations needed for the conduct of the online phase of the 2021 UGSRC elections are ready.
The election scheduled to come off on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, is to take place in two-phase; online for levels 100 and 400 students and ballot paper voting for levels 200 and 300 students.
The University of Ghana Computing Systems (UGCS) has been tasked to handle the online phase of the elections for levels 100 and 400 students.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive, Mr. Boachie says the platform designed specially to cater for the online election is ready.
‘’The platform is ready. We hope to, together with you all run a very seamless election for the student body’’ he said
Mr. Boachie commenting on measures put in place to carry out the conduct of a free and fair election mentioned that, a token uniquely generated for each students ID is to be sent via students e-mail to confirm their participation and vote on election day.
‘’We are going to send a token sort of to the students who are supposed to be in the house, that is the Level 100 and 400 so that these people can vote based on some other authentication set, to ensure that whoever is voting is indeed who is voting. So the election is happening on Wednesday, I’m sure today everything will be sent. The token doesn’t take hours to be sent. When a button is clicked this morning everybody will receive it so I’m sure before the end of today everybody will have the link’’.
This token serves a double purpose of a verification code to authenticate the vote of each student online.
He added that the platform is well secured and the online phase of the elections will be devoid of any external interference.
‘’Yes, I can say with all the confidence I have that the platform is sinless and we have tried as much as possible to avoid the possibility of anybody doing anything dirty. We have tried to do deal with the issue of somebody voting for someone. For example, your friend voting for you, those are the things that I think some of the candidates are concerned about. Apart from that everybody is going to vote and the platform is secured and we hope that, yes we are going to have a sinless election online’’.