The Legislative arm of the Mensah Sarbah Hall Junior Common Room, Sarknesset, on Tuesday April 20, 2021 passed a bill to regulate the conduct of JCR and Floor Representative elections under the University of Ghana modular system for the 2020/2021 academic year.
The Modular System Election Bill, according to the Electoral Commissioner of the JCR, became necessary due to the impact of Covid-19 on activities of student governance and the inability of some halls of residence to hold elections within the stipulated period.
Among other things, the bill provides that JCR and Floor Representative elections be held on a binary basis, where separate elections are conducted for each batch of the modular system that is in school at any point in time.
”3. (1) Without prejudice to Article 10 clauses (2) (a), (3) of the 2015 Constitution of the Mensah Sarbah Hall JCR and any other relevant provision herein, voting shall be binary, where separate elections shall be organized in for each modular group beginning with levels on campus in the modular where the first part of the voting shall take place,” part of the provision read.
According to Clause 3 Section 2 (a) (b) (c) (d) of the Bill, results of the first modular elections shall not be displayed or declared until it has been collated with that of the next modular group.
“(2) 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,” it provides.
In addition to this, copies of the provisional results collated at every point in time shall be sent to the Office of the Dean of Students Affairs, the Office of the Senior Hall Tutor and the Office of the Speaker of Sarknesset for keeping until they are added to the second modular and officially declared.
Some residents and interested parties in student governance have, however, expressed reservations to sub-section (d) of the aforementioned provision which exempts polling agents from seeing the results at the polling station.
Clause 4 (2) of the bill states that Floor Representative elections shall take the form of the JCR Executive elections.
Meanwhile, substantive Floor reps, when not in school, may appoint ceremonial representatives who shall see to the welfare of residents but have no voting rights at Sarknesset meetings.
”(2) Floor representatives in one modular group in consultation with the JCR President shall appoint a ceremonial Floor Representative from the other modular group to act in the absence of the substantive Floor Representative,” it said.
Quorum at Sarknesset
For the business of the legislative arm to commence, the House, under the modular system, shall require the presence of “(a) the Chairperson of Sarknesset or the Deputy; (b) JCR Executives; (c) at least one representative from each block, and (d) one General Assembly member.”
In the event of an election in a modular system beyond the 2020/2021 academic year, the House agreed that the Modular System Election Bill be adopted to regulate the election.
Story by: Ebo Daniel | universnewsroom.com