A five member Judicial Board of the Elizabeth Frances Sey Hall upheld a petition brought to it by some aggrieved candidates in the November 16 JCR Elections.
The petition, which sought among other things, a declaration rendering last Friday’s elections and its result void and of no effect due to numerous election irregularities, the questionability of the Constitutional Instrument governing the conduct of the election and the defects of the voting software that was employed in running the election.
The hearing which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, 21 November was rescheduled to Thursday, 22 November to afford the respondents of the suit reasonable time to put together a defence.
Respondents to the suit were the Electoral Commission of the JCR and other interested parties such as the then Oganising Secretary elect, Mr. Hamduni Labaran and the then Treasurer elect, Mr. Philip Djabatey.
The 5 hour hearing saw numerous courtroom theatrics and showmanship from both councils of the petitioners and the respondents. The courtroom was filled with supporters of all the parties to the case with many monitoring from the windows and social media.
The court ruled that the entire election be rerun next semester with amendments to increase credibility and fairness.
In an interaction with Univers News’ Daniel Nana Yaw Obeng, parties from both sides expressed confidence in the board’s ruling and called on their supporters to brace themselves for an even more thrilling electioneering process next academic semester.
Story by: Daniel Nana Yaw Obeng/universnewsroom.com