Defeated Presidential candidate in the recently held University of Ghana Students’ Representative Council [UG-SRC] elections Sylvester Amoako has finally broken his silence on the elections results describing the outcome as not the true representation of the voice of students.
According to Sylvester Amoako although his team rejects the outcome of the elections results, they have no plans of petitioning the judicial board to review the elections.
A statement released by Sylvester Amoako and his campaign team indicates that even though they believe the elections was rigged in favor of Daniel Otting Awuah, they cannot for a fact specify as to whether the apparent hitches in the software during the voting process was an oversight or a deliberate attempt to sabotage Team Sly & Kezia.
Sylvester Amoako and his running mate Kezia Deguenon in the statement revealed that the electronic system used in conducting this year’s SRC elections was not in a ‘reliable state’ as at the time results from various polling stations were being compiled. He cited the Jean Nelson Aka polling center as one of the areas where significant electoral anomalies occurred.
He however added that after a careful consideration his team will not be reviewing the outcome of the election results by petitioning the UG-SRC judicial board. The decision according to him, was to prevent a situation where students will be distracted as they prepare for their end-of-semester examinations.
He further called on students to join the campaign to expose the unreliable electronic voting system. According to him the electronic voting system does not represent the choice of the majority of students but rather represents the choice of the software developer.
Sylvester Amoako and Kezia Deguenon however expressed their gratitude to their loyal supporters, students at the University of Ghana and authorities at the various halls of residence for the support they received during their campaign trail.
Daniel Otting Awuah won the 2017 UG-SRC run-off elections with a difference of 1706 votes, the exact number of votes obtained by Sylvester Amoako. Daniel Otting Awuah popularly known as ‘Levelz’ secured 3,412 votes representing 66.67% total valid votes cast. Sylvester Amoako polled 1706 representing 33.33%.
Below is the Statement by the Sylvester Amoako
Hello UG Students,
Team SLY & KEZIA wishes to thank all students for coming out to vote for us yesterday; thank you so much for voting for us a second time.
To our loyal supporters who rallied with us as we campaigned from hall to hall and from campus to campus, we say thank you and God bless you! It has not been an easy battle yet you have been with us through it all.
Moreover, we appreciate the warm reception our campaign team received when we came to your rooms, sometimes at odd hours, to explain to you how we intended to implement our policies.
We thank you for your thoughtful suggestions and critique when we were drafting our policies, for indeed, we molded these ideas in your rooms, halls and shuttles.
We extend our warm regards to the Electoral Commission for cooperating with us from the start to make this election possible. Notwithstanding a few problems here and there, we believe you did everything in your power to make this election free and fair; and we appreciate that. Keep it up!
Lastly, we want to say a big thank you to the authorities in the various halls including the porters and security men who allowed us to campaign in their Hall premises.
We would also like to thank the many *influential people* in these halls who bought into our Transformational Leadership Agenda, and put in their best, seeking nothing in return but the good of students. We appreciate you all for your good work.
After a long contest to decide who becomes the next UG-SRC President, our candidates SLY & KEZIA obtained 33% of the valid votes cast, according to the declaration by the Chairman of the EC.
While we do not have substantive evidence to support our claim, we have reason to believe that the figures declared by the EC are not a true representation of the voice of students.
We believe that the electronic system that was employed in conducting the SRC election was not in a reliable state as at the time of the compilation of the voting results at the various polling centres.
This is evident beyond reasonable doubt at the polling centre in Jean Nelson Aka Hall,* where our candidates are purported to have obtained a total of 6 votes after the election.
We cannot, for a fact, specify whether the apparent glitches in the software were an _oversight, an act of negligence or a deliberate attempt to sabotage_Team Sly & Kezia.
However, we can prove that the software was not without fault, as some polling centres confirmed that there were faults regarding who was voted for and who the computer displayed to have been voted for.
We reject the results declared by the EC!
According to the SRC constitution, we may challenge the validity of the election by presenting a petition to the Judicial board within 48 hours after the declaration of results.
However, after *careful consideration,* we have decided to close the chapter on this issue: *We would not petition the Judicial Board.*
This difficult decision was taken in order to spare students the distractions of Election Petitions and Legal Procedure during this crucial period of revision towards the end-of-semester examinations.
We apologize sincerely to all those who we have disappointed, as they were earnestly looking forward to work with transformational Leaders.
Nevertheless, we would continue to advocate relentlessly for the implementation of the VOTE AND PRINT SYSTEM, because it promises to be more credible and convenient for everyone.
We promised to leave students a legacy, and that we would; UG deserves better than this *unreliable system of voting which leaves us at the mercy of computers and who stands behind them.
We call on all students to add their voices as we expose and put an end to this dangerous electoral system which gives one man the power to choose who becomes the next UG-SRC Executive.
Thank you all very much once again! God bless UG! God bless our homeland Ghana!
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