Treasurer of the Jubilee Hall JCR at the University of Ghana, Michael Kwaku Ampah, says the outfit is considering the possibility of organising an online election to choose new executives for the new academic year.
He scored that plans of having an on-site electioneering process is currently impossible due to the University’s modular system, for which reason they are discussing appropriate means of making transition of power happen as soon as possible.
Mr. Ampah highlighted that despite concerns raised over the credibility of online elections, the incumbent executives will ensure that proper methods are adopted for the exercise.
“I would have preferred that we do a balloting election but the level 100s and 400s are not around, and they are part of the JCR [so] we cannot ignore them…I believe that the way forward should be the online election, however, there are concerns raised about the security of the online election and it is still something that the JCR is deliberating on to know how best we can use the online election and avoid any fraud that may come along with it.” he said.
He disclosed that in the event where JCR elections are not held this semester, interim executives may be appointed.
“If we are unable to hold elections, we will use the interim one by selecting or nominating some people to act as JCR executives and then they, in turn, will be responsible for ensuring that the right thing is done by organising elections…
“We believe in the mandate of the people so we cannot impose our mandate on the people. Some may ask what if the interim people become power drunk and hold on to the power without handing over?
“Like I said, these are all part of the issues we are discussing so that we come up with better solutions,” he assured.
Michael Kwaku Ampah made these in an interview on Campus Exclusive on Friday, April 9, 2021.
Story by: Eunice Young | universnewsroom.com