A Presidential candidate in the 2019/2020 University of Ghana Students Representative Council (UGSRC) election, Anthony Kwame Julius has accused interim executives of the Council of deliberately failing to make attempts for an election of substantive leaders.
He says that the interim leaders cannot continue to use the outbreak of the coronavirus disease as an excuse for working on organizing an election for a democratically elected leader for the Council.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive, Anthony Kwame Julius, who once served as Deputy Public Relations Officer of the SRC, debunked the assertion that the Council was entangled in a constitutional deadlock.
He says that acting executives have deliberately suspended the SRC constitution and that should not be allowed.
“If EXECOM with the power they have arrogated to themselves constitute an interim committee to vet and select Electoral Commissioners; the process can kick start. It is not a situation where we have a Constitutional deadlock. It is a deliberate stalling of the process. It is a deliberate suspension of the Constitution and it shouldn’t be allowed,” he said.
Anthony Kwame Julius further maintained that the move of the interim executives is a “blatant overthrow and suspension of all clauses contained in the School’s SRC constitution.”
Meanwhile, a former deputy Speaker of the University of Ghana SRC General Assembly, Vanessa Nana Ofosua Okobuor is suggesting that the interim executives adopt a double-track voting system.
She says that since newly admitted students and final year students are on campus, they can be allowed to vote with level 200s and 300s voting when they also return to campus.
“There are no excuses. There are students on campus and the constitution is clear on exactly what to do. They could start the process of an election. We could have Level 100 & 400 have an election before revision week and then when the Level 200 & 300 come to campus, they can also have their election,” she said.
She also proposed to the interim executives to appoint Electoral Commissioners of other halls of residence to take the SRC through the electioneering process considering that the Council does not have one at the moment.
Following the closure of schools last year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the UGSRC was unable to hold an election for the next crop of executives.
They triggered article 25 clause 7 which allows for the appointment of interim executives from the crop of eligible Junior Common Room Executives.
That saw JCR President of the Akuafo Hall, Kwame-Amo Ntow-Fianko being appointed among the remaining crop of executive committees to serve as the acting President of the SRC.
Story by: Eli Djomekou | universnewsroom.com