The Acting Dean of Students and Head of Department of Botany, Dr. Ebenezer Owusu is set to hold a crunch meeting later today [April 10] with the Electoral Commission of the University of Ghana SRC to conclusively decide on the electoral calendar for this year’s election .
This move is in response to a petition presented to the Office of the Dean of Students requesting a rescheduling of the calendar presented by the Electoral Commission. The effect of this directive is the suspension of a the scheduled Face-to-Face encounter with the candidates on Radio Univers this evening.
Two students, Mr. Manuel Koranteng and Mr. Daniel Nana Yaw Obeng filed a petition challenging the merits upon which the SRC Electoral Commission settled on Friday, April 12 as the day for election.
In their petition, they bemoaned the sudden decision by the EC to cut out key activities in the electoral process which includes a Face-to-Face sessions at the Korle-Bu and Accra City Campuses of the University of Ghana.
Prior to the presentation of the petition, Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Roland Eyram Tettey had alleged that a further delay in the electoral process to give space for the activities which had been cut out would be inimical to the entire election. He maintained that access to the logistics for the elections may be unnecessarily delayed if the electoral process was not fast-tracked.
The account of the SRC EC was however countered by officials of the Electoral Commission of Ghana who say the Commission is willing to facilitate the acquisition of the electoral materials and all other logistics whenever they are needed.
In the face of all these developments, Ag. Dean of Students’ Affairs, Dr. Ebenezer Owusu, has requested an emergency meeting with the Electoral Commission, including all the Commissioners of the various Junior Common Rooms to deliberate on the most suitable date to have the election.
This means that the scheduled Face-to-Face engagement at Radio Univers this evening is suspended pending the final decision on the calendar at the emergency meeting.
The election, which seeks to elect a successor for the Sylvester Amoako-led administration, will have seven persons, excluding running mates, contest for the available three offices
Anthony Kwame Julius and Isaac Agyemang are the two persons vying for the Presidential seat.
For the office of the General Secretary, Mercy Winifred Duncan and Denise Kagal Abaniaba are the only contestants.
Delvin Kwame Addae, Philomena Sarbah Andam and Perry Agyarko are the candidates for the Treasurer portfolio.