The Vetting Panel of the University of Ghana Student Representative Council (UGSRC) has recommended Henry Ackon, Bright Siaw and Boaz Baah Twumasi as electoral commissioner, first and second deputies ECs ahead of the 2021 UGSRC election.
This is according to articles 33 and 34 of the UGSRC Constitution which stipulates that “there shall be an Electoral Commission which shall consist of a chairperson and two deputies”.
In line with article 33 clause two (2), the General Assembly is expected to constitute a seven (7) member vetting panel.
However, given the exigencies of the times, the panel was constituted by the Executive Committee of the SRC.
The panel was chaired by the Local SRC President for the Accra City Campus, Clinton Banning Baffour.
The vetting which took place at the SRC Union Building saw eight (8) aspirants vying for any of the three available slots of the Commission.
In a release signed by the acting UGSRC General Secretary, Ruby Nkansah, the committee approved that the applicant with the highest average as the Chairperson for the Electoral Commission, second highest becomes the first deputy Electoral Commissioner and the third-highest becomes the second deputy Electoral Commissioner.
Vetting of the eight (8) successful applicants took place on Wednesday, 2nd June, 2021, and below are the names and respective scores of each EC hopeful:
The recommended Electoral Commissioner, Henry Ackon is a level 300 BA. Political Science student and a resident of Commonwealth Hall.
The recommended first Deputy Electoral Commissioner, Bright Manukure Siaw is a level 300 BA. Accounting and Sociology student and a resident of Mensah Sarbah Hall.
The recommended second Deputy EC Boaz Asare-Baah Twumasi is a level 300 BSc. Biomedical Engineering student and resident of the Mensah Sarbah Hall.
Duties of the Electoral Commission
According to Article 36 clause 1 and 2, the Electoral Commission “shall be responsible for conducting and supervising all SRC elections” and “shall perform such other functions as may be prescribed by a resolution of the General Assembly not inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution”.
The Commission is also responsible for making “rules and regulations for the effective performance of its functions under this constitution of any other resolution of the General Assembly”.
Additionally, the Commission shall in accordance with article 40 set up a Vetting Committee which will be “responsible for ensuring that candidates for any election under this constitution satisfy the requirements provided for in this constitution” and also to probe the personalities that avail themselves for any of the SRC Executive portfolios.
Story by: Michael Papanii Ashalley, Abena Grant & Victoria Ayewa | universnewsroom.com