The University of Ghana’s Akuafo Hall of residence says it is planning to hold Junior Common Room (JCR) elections for the 2020/2021 academic year ‘concurrently’ online and onsite.
According to the Speaker of the hall’s senate, David Oppong-Quarshie, the decision is a result the implementation of the modular system of teaching and learning rolled out by the management of the school.
He made this knwon in an interview on our morning show Campus Exclusive on Friday, April 9, 2021.
“We intend to use the conventional on site systems [of elections] for those on campus and the online system for those home so that the elections would be held concurrently to minimize any risk or challenges posed by the online system. If the online system is extended to the entire student body, the probability of encountering a particular unpleasant outcome may occur,” David said.
Further speaking he stated emphatically that organizing elections to elect new students leaders to spearhead the affairs of the Junior Common Room is “non-negotiable” considering the provision in the Akuafo Hall Consitution.
He explained prevailing circumstances that compel the JCR members to appoint interim executives.
“I think the only time the constitution gives us privilege to appoint Interim executives is when nominations are opened and candidates do not step forward to occupy these very offices. That is when the current or outgoing executives have the liberty to appoint individuals from amongst the level 300s,” he added
The conversation forms part of a follow up on student governance of various hall of residence on the University of Ghana Campus which ordinarily hold elections in the first semester of academic year.
Story by: Obeng Manasseh Osei |universnewsroom.com