The Dean of Students at the University of Ghana, Prof. Godfred Bokpin has nullified the candidature of Caleb Elorm Kadu and Maame Aba Dampare in the Alexander Adum Kwapong Junior Common Room elections.
Caleb Kadu was vying for the Presidential office whilst Maame Aba Dampare was hoping to be elected as the next Financial Secretary of the JCR.
The nullification of their candidature follows a petition to the office of the Dean of Students asserting that the two did not meet the University’s academic requirement of CGPA 3.0 before contesting for the elections.
The lead petitioner, Andy Ackah Enyimah, in the petition indicated that Caleb Kadu, while filing his nomination, used his GPA instead of his CGPA which was 2.93, and did not meet the University’s requirements.
” We wish to bring to your attention a document purporting to be the transcript of one Caleb Elorm Kadu, a Presidential aspirant in the JCR elections, and circulating on the official WhatsApp platforms of the JCR showing that the said Caleb Elorm Kadu had a GPA of 3.54 and CGPA of 2.93 at the time of filing his nominations. Therefore, it would follow that the said aspirant does not meet the CGPA requirement of 3.0 and stands to be disqualified. In light of this, the present petitioners cannot help but be worried that your office would give clearance to the said Caleb Elorm Kadu whose CGPA is below 3.0,” part of the petition read.
In a letter from the office of Dean of Students to the lead petitioner, it was confirmed that the said candidates used their GPA instead of their CGPA as per the University’s academic requirement thus disqualifying them from the elections.
“Upon receipt of a petition questioning the eligibility of Caleb Elorm Kadu, we requested for re-verification from the UGCS and received confirmation that two of the candidates do not qualify to contest. It was explained that they mistakenly provided the GPA instead of the CGPA. This has been communicated to the Senior Tutor, President and Electoral Commission nullifying the candidature of Caleb Elorm Kadu and Maame Aba Dampare,” the letter stated.
Meanwhile, JCR Presidential candidates, Kelvin Quansah Osae and Nana Yaa Gyamfi (Team Quansah) have taken and early lead in the elections which took place on Friday, May 23, 2021, at the East-wing of the Hall.
The elections were conducted pursuant to Article 11 of the Alexander Adum Kwapong JCR constitution.
Team Quansah gathered 417 of the 823 votes cast, to earn a slim advantage over Caleb Kadu and Samuel Ackom (Team Kadu) who amassed 370 votes.
The second phase of the elections is however scheduled for the second to the third week of June, where residents of Alexander Adum Kwapong hall in levels 100 and 400 will also cast their ballot.