It has emerged that a decision by interim leaders elected by undergraduate students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism to ‘quickly’ hold an election for substantive leaders is in fear that electoral processes will be halted with an injunction.
Member of the Committee and Secretary to the Committee‘a vetting panel, Efo Korku Mawutor, also known as Theodore Abiwu disclosed this.
He says that the decision to hold the election today was a result of a possible injunction it will be served with by Tuesday.
He says “the voting is being done today because if we don’t do it now, by Tuesday Alima and her people will place a court injunction on the process and that will delay everything”
Currently, a case is before the Accra High Court seeking that, among others, the set up of the interim SRC committee is “unconstitutional, null and void and of no legal effect”
The case was filed by some students who were appointed by the then SRC administration led by Joseph Agbezuke to steer the affairs of the student body for the 2020/2021 academic year following the inability of the administration to hold an election due to COVID.
Interim Committee criticized
Quite a number of students have said that they have no knowledge that elections were ongoing for substantive leaders.
They have questioned the Interim Committee’s commitment to organizing a transparent election.
They claim that knowledge about the processes was only made available to a few.
The students have also questioned why the notice of polls will be issued just a day prior to the election.
GIJ elections ongoing
Despite the case in court, the interim executives are holding an election for substantive leaders.
The election has six final year students contesting unopposed for various offices.
Chairman of the Interim Committee, Victor Yekple, says that the provisional election will be announced shortly after polls close on Monday.
He also says that writ by the aggrieved students does not affect the Committee in any way.
“We were supposed to have finished this process close to one month ago but then as soon as we were inducted into office, some people petitioned the Rector and in the interest of fairness, the law of natural justice demands that you listen to those of have petitioned you…and that placed an injunction on our work because management asked us to hold on…that is not what is driving us. The writ has no bearing on our mandate as a committee at all,” Victor told UniversNews.
GIJ management sued for interfering in student governance
Some students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism have filed a case at an Accra High court against the management of the Institute for declaring them as illegitimate SRC executives.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com