Interim leaders elected by undergraduate students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism have moved to organize an election for substantive leaders.
This comes despite a suit in court challenging a declaration by management of the Institute that some students, who were appointed by the now-former SRC administration led by Joseph Agbezuke, were ‘illegitimate’ and should stop carrying themselves leaders of the undergraduate student front.
The aggrieved students are, among others, praying the court to declare that the 15-member interim SRC committee set up to organize an election for substantive leaders is “unconstitutional, null and void and of no legal effect”
The election, which begun on Sunday, April 4, 2021 will end on Monday, April 5, 2021.
Six students, all in their final years, are contesting unopposed for six available executive portfolios.
Ishmael Nii Lante Lamptey and Larry Abdus Samad are vying for President and Financial Secretary respectively.
Farida Yeboah and Patrick Abesiyine Anyebuno are contesting for Women’s Commissioner and General Secretary respectively.
Two other candidates whose names have not been provided are vying for Organizing Secretary and External Affairs Commissioner offices.
The election is being conducted online using a Google form. Chairman of the Interim Committee, Victor Yekple, has told Univers News that the provisional results will be declared shortly after polls close on Monday.
He added that the certified results will be announced within 24hours.
Victor Yekple says that measures have been put in place to ensure that the election is not compromised
“It’s going to take 24hours to issue the official results. Provisional results are going to be announced right after polls, however, we will sit down to match and cross details to confirm the valid votes…People might have those thoughts that it is easy to intrude and create problems and maneuver their way but at the end of the day we will be sure that the results will be plain,” Victor told UniversNews
But some students of the Institute have criticized the interim leaders, saying that they have not been very transparent with the electoral process.
They have even questioned why notice of polls will be issued just a day prior to the election.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com