The Electoral Commission of the University of Professional Studies has resolved to continue with the Electoral process despite Supreme chamber call for a review of the nomination fee which was tagged at GHS 800.00 for the SRC presidential executive position. The Supreme Court declared that the Electoral Commission should present a new nomination fee of a minimum cost of GHS200 to the General Assembly for approval.
This judgement comes on the heels of the petition made by Audrey Arthur, a member of the student body.
The petitioner opines that the nomination fee is “unreasonable” and may serve as a constraint to some students who wish to file for nominations but may not be able to fulfil this financial obligation.
She refers to the constitutional provisions, Article 18:20 The Electoral Commission shall give out nomination forms at a reasonable fee and Article 18:05 that states that all SRC elections expenses should be borne by the SRC funds as the underlying cause for the appeal.
“The nomination fee is outrageous. There are some students who may wish to file nominations for Executive position to stand a chance to serve the student body but were unable to because of financial constraints. The constitution states that all expenses of the Electoral Commission should be charged on the SRC fund. Hence, the EC should not exploit students to finance the elections’’.
In response to this petition, The Electoral Commissioner, Daniel Nukutor explained that the nomination fee charged serve as a form of Internally Generated funds for the Commission to finance the Electoral process.
However, The Electoral Commission has stated that the Electoral process will not be disrupted by the delay of the full hearing of the ruling and hence, vetting of the aspirants will be held on Tuesday 9th April, 2019.