The Dean of Student Affairs of the University of Ghana, Professor Godfred Alufar Bokpin, has dismissed a petition filed by a resident of the Hilla Limann Hall, asking for a handing over of the Hall’s JCR elections to the University of Ghana Computing Systems.
The petition which was filed on July 27, 2020 raised among other concerns the credibility of the electioneering process, alluding to the alleged involvement of some members on the vetting panel in a leaked audio in which plans were hatched to rig the impending JCR elections.
According to the petitioner, Clement Aryee, the Dean of Students dismissed his petition on the grounds that he is not an aspirant, adding that the outcome of the election will have no effect on him.
“I have filed a petition to the Dean, and he has written to me that so far as I am not an aspirant, I can’t petition him because the outcome of the elections won’t have any effect on me, he says the petition should have come from an aspirant,” he said.
He justified that the petition sought to ensure a fair and just electioneering process since a member on the vetting panel was associated with the leaked audio.
“I wanted the process to go through because the guy who was associated with the audio was on the vetting panel,” he added.
The credibility of electoral processes was questioned after some members of the Hall, including the JCR president, Peter Kofi Keelson-Aikins, were alleged to have plotted to rig the impending elections.
He was captured in an audio recording announcing ‘mechanisms’ put in place to manipulate the election.
Subsequently, management of the Hall put the elections on hold and said it was going to investigate the matter.
However, their report from the investigation exonerated the persons captured in the tape, saying that it found no proof that there were plans to rig the election.
Story by: Amengor-Kwapong Angela | universnewsroom.com