Electoral Commissioner of the Mensah Sarbah Hall Junior Common Room (JCR), University of Ghana, Emmanuel Nyarko, has hinted of plans to hold elections in a binary mode for the two cohorts.
He explained that in a bid to allow all residents of the Hall exercise their franchise, the JCR elections will be held on-site for both cohorts respectively.
Currently, plans are underway to organize the elections for level 200 and 300 students on campus.
Mr. Nyarko said “we will have to conduct the first phase for this module and then wait for the next module to also vote when they report to school and then collate and announce the winner.”
In an interview on Campus Exclusive on Wednesday, he added that copies of the collated results would be handed over to the Dean of Students and the hall management to make the results credible and legitimate.
“The results will be collated at the polling station and not declared. At the end of the voting, copies of the provisional results of the first module will be given to the dean of students and the hall management so the student populace will not have any problem about the integrity of the results.” he indicated.
He also cited the inconsistency of the online service and connectivity issues as one of the reasons for the in-person election.
He revealed that a bill will be passed to extend the term of office of the incumbent executives so they can assist with the electioneering process.
Opening of nominations
Meanwhile, nominations have been opened for the various JCR portfolios, Emmanuel Nyarko said.
Nominations opened on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 and is expected to close Sunday, April 18, 2021.
COVID-19 safety protocols
The Electoral Commissioner assured students of their safety as plans are being put in place to ensure strict adherence to the coronavirus preventive protocols.
Story by: Grace Efia Ofua Arkoh | universnewsroom.com