A presidential aspirant in this year’s Junior Common Room (JCR) elections of the Mensah Sarbah Hall, Emmanuel Adika, has called on the Electoral Commission (EC) to declare the results of every poll.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive, he explained that candidates are stakeholders in the elections and as a result, the EC cannot hide the results they polled respectively at the end of every voting exercise.
Mensah Sarbah Hall is one of the residential facilities which have resolved to hold a “double-track” election due to the introduction of the University of Ghana’s Modular system.
The legislative arm of the Hall, the House of Sarknesset earlier passed a Modular System Elections bill to regulate the conduct of the Mensah Sarbah Hall JCR Executives elections of the 2020/2021 academic year.
Article 3 (2) of the bill stipulates that Provisional results for the first modular group shall not be displayed, rather withheld and declared only after it has been collated with that of the next modular group containing levels 100 and 400.
Presidential Aspirant in the race, Emmanuel Adika indicated this clause in the bill does not sit well with him.
“I believe that we, candidates are the stakeholders in the election so at the end we should know what we had in the election. Even if they [Electoral Commission] are going to deny us that opportunity, our polling agents should be privy to that information. So I don’t know why they want to take out our polling agents,” he said.
According to the hall’s Modular System Elections Bill, the Office of the Dean of Students Affairs (UG) office, the office of the Senior Hall Tutor and the Office of Speaker of Sarknesset will have a copy of the provisional results of the elections.
“Without prejudice to the autonomy of the Electoral Commission, a copy of the provisional results from the first modular group to vote shall be sent to the Office of The Dean of Students Affairs office and the office of the Senior Hall Tutor and the Office of Speaker of Sarknesset,” Article 3(2)(a) of the bill states.
He further described as problematic the delay on the part of the Electoral Commission in publishing the list of electorates who are eligible to cast their ballot fourteen days to the polls.
“Two weeks before the election and the EC has not even published any list, we don’t know members who cannot vote or those who are not going to vote on behalf of others. So, I feel that this is problematic,” he added.
Meanwhile, a vice-presidential aspirant, Esthella Hofman opined that the Electoral Commission is toeing a transparent and credible path.
Story by: Eli Djomekou |universnewsroom.com