Presidential hopeful in the imminent University of Ghana SRC (UG-SRC) election, Bismark Kwaku Asante has debunked assertions that the Vandal tag on him will go against him in the election.
According to him, the negative stereotype against members of the Commonwealth Hall was needless.
The former General Assembly clerk, is one of two aspirants from the Commonwealth Hall who has stated clearly that he would not pay heed to such stereotypical views.
Members of the Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana, also known as Vandals, are perceived to be rascals and persons with disregard for university laws.
Commenting on this perception, the level 300 Political Science student said that notion had come about due to the misrepresentation of the brand by some of its members.
Asked whether he thinks the negative tag on the hall members will affect him in the elections, Kwaku Asante answered in the negative.
“Generally, I have not seen the Vandal brand as a stumbling block to my success in this election. It is a huge misconception. Even though the hall may have it flaws, it forms a very minute percentage of what the hall has to offer.
I will not blame people with such misconceptions because that is the image, we have made them believe. Commonwealth hall is made up of great minds who know what they are about. Indeed, there were some vandals lost elections but I don’t think they lost because of the Vandal brand”.
The SRC presidential aspirant added aspirants from the Commonwealth Hall stand an equal chance as hopefuls from the other halls.
According to him, winning an election goes beyond one’s affiliation to a certain hall of residence, rather, personality and commitment to work are key determinants that the electorates look forward to.
“Just as other halls, Vandals stand the chance of winning. The commonwealth brand is a very good brand. I think it’s about personality, who you are and what you can do. That is what informs what you can be and what you can’t be”.
The 2019 SRC election is scheduled for Wednesday April 10.
Nominations are currently opened and aspirants have until 6pm of Sunday March 24 to pick and submit their forms.
The election seeks to elect new members to represent students of the University of Ghana for the 2019/2020 academic year.
The elected students will takeover from the Sylvester Amoako-led administration
Story by: Joey Joseph Nii Ayi Otokunor|universnewsroom.com