The Students Representative Council Electoral Commission of the University of Ghana has nullified the voting result of some four polling stations.
The four include Commonwealth Hall polling station, Mensah Sarbah polling station, Jean Nelson Aka Hall polling station and the Korle-Bu campus polling station.
In a release signed by the Chairman of the EC, Mr. Roland Eyram Tettey, the nullification of the results in those polling stations is as a result of cases of overvoting and other electoral irregularities.
He added that technical difficulties and the subsequent resignation of the Electoral Commissioner at the Korle-Bu Campus necessitated the cancelling of results.
In Friday’s SRC election, they were reports about various electoral malpractices at some of the polling stations.
From reports gathered by UniversNews, at some of the polling stations, electorates were made to vote even though the verification system could not verify their identity.
Specifically at the Korle-Bu campus polling station, UniversNews reporters mentioned that some boys, purported to be from the Commonwealth Hall of the University stormed the polling station and disrupted the voting process.
Although the Electoral Commission had directed that polls across the 13 polling stations end at 6:30pm because of the delay in the start of the elections, the boys who stormed the Korle-Bu polling station called for end in the voting process few minutes after 5.
“The boys subsequently cut off the internet wires and made counting of votes nearly impossible,” our reporters say
Shortly after UniversNews had announced its provisional results of the election, which seeks for a successor for the Sylvester Amoako-led administration, Presidential candidate Anthony Julius and his running mate, Kwaku Asante Bismark, jointly released a notice rejecting the electoral results.
The team explained that the election was characterized with widespread irregularities at the Mensah Sarbah Hall and Jean Nelson Aka Hall polling stations.
In a statement signed by their campaign spokesperson, Emmanuel Owusu Agyei Ampem, they mentioned that they had received reports of ballot stuffing, voting without Verification, voting without ID cards among others including threats and intimidation at the Mensah Sarbah Hall.
They added that there were also issues of over voting at the Jean Nelson Hall polling station.
“…at Mensah Sarbah Hall, there were several reports of ballot stuffing, voting without Verification, voting without ID cards among others including threats and intimidations. At the Jean Nelson Aka Hall, there has been the agreement between stakeholders present that there was over voting of at least three ballots,” excerpts of their release reads
What this means
The Electoral Commission in its release of the nullification of results in the four polling stations added that fresh elections will be conducted at a later to be announced date.
With this, the lead taken by Team Isaac Agyemang and Louis Banahene, in the presidential race, is now shaky.
Although Friday’s provisional results had placed them ahead of Team Anthony Julius and Kwaku Asante, the fresh elections will finally decide who takes over from Sylvester Amoako and Adom Anorkwah as SRC President and Vice respectively.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor|universnewsroom.com