The Judicial Committee of the Students Representative Council at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ-SRC) has quashed the decision of the Electoral Commission (EC) to disqualify three Presidential Aspirants – Abdullai Saaka, Albert Konadu and David Nana Appiah together with Organizing Secretary Aspirant Geraldo Daniel from contesting in this year’s SRC elections.
The SRC electoral Commission on September 4, 2021, released vetting results which saw three out of the four SRC Presidential Aspirants disqualified on the basis of not meeting the 80% pass mark and some not having qualified running mates
It also disqualified Organizing Secretary aspirant Geraldo Daniel for not meeting the 70% pass mark set for other portfolios
In 3 separate suits, the disgruntled aspirants hauled the EC before the Court challenging the outcome of the vetting results.
Counsels for the plaintiffs [disqualified aspirants] argued that the pass mark used by the EC in disqualifying the aspirants was unconstitutional and not in tandem with Constitutional Instrument (C.I) 40 governing the conduct of the elections.
Counsel for David Nana Appiah, also maintained that his client’s running mate, Kasu Kojo Makafui, duly served the SRC as Deputy Operations Manager on the Sports Committee.
The EC also maintained that the petitioners [disqualified aspirants] running mates did not meet the requirements of having “relevant exposure” to SRC activities and also the petitioners did not meet the respective pass mark as set by the Commission.
It posited that the percentage pass mark was introduced to “look out for the best” of aspirants in the race.
Delivering a verdict on the matter on Thursday, September 9, 2021, Chief Justice of the Judicial Committee, Emmanuel Winner Atigah, ordered that the EC should allow all the disqualified aspirants to enter into the electoral race.
For Presidential aspirant, Abdullai Saaka, the Court held that he should be allowed another opportunity to select another qualified running mate per precedent in the case of the former president Joseph Agbezuke.