The Electoral Commission (EC) of the University of Ghana Students Representative Council (UGSRC) has announced that voting in the 2021 SRC elections will take a hybrid form.
This was indicated in the Constitutional Instrument for this year’s elections (C. I 21).
The CI stated that Level 100 and 400 students will vote electronically (online) and Level 200 and 300 students will vote in-person using ballot papers.
“Strictly online voting for Level 100 and 400 students. For the avoidance of doubt, online voting means voting over the internet electronically. Strictly ballot paper voting for Level 200 and 300 students (In-person voting)” the C. I said.
It further stated that a compilation of a voter register i.e. a database of all level 100, 200, 300, and 400 students will be retrieved from the University of Ghana Computing Systems to aid in capturing all students in the elections.
There shall be a compilation of a voter register, a database of all level 100, 200, 300, and 400 students will be retrieved from UGCS through the Office Of The Dean Of Student Affairs. For the avoidance of doubt, an approval given to this Constitutional Instrument (C.I 21) legitimizes all students captured in the voter register to vote on the day of the election.
For level 100 and 400 students voting online, the C.I. stated that a link will be circulated together with a unique generated code for each person through student email that allows them to vote only once.
A link will be circulated to students together with a unique generated code for each person through student email. This code is exclusively tied to the ID number of each electorate/student. Thus, every ID number will be linked exclusively to one generated code which will be sent via MAIL to the electorate/students. ONLY LEVEL 100 AND 400 STUDENTS CAN ACCESS THE LINK TO VOTE. In essence, a student can use his/her code to vote only one time.
Also for Level 200 and 300 students voting in-person, the C.I. indicated that the students will have to be present at their various polling stations with their Student ID number/card, Provisional Student ID, current proof of academic registration, or Proof of Residential Registration for verification before they will be allowed to cast their ballot.
Electorates or students are expected to show up at their polling stations with their University of Ghana Student ID number/card, Provisional Student ID, current proof of academic registration, or Proof of Residential Registration (soft or hard copy). An election official will process their documentation before the voter gets their ballot. The ballot contains the list of candidates running – the order of appearance is determined by the EC in an open vote before printing of ballots. A voter is expected to cast their ballot in secret. The accepted means is by applying a thumbprint beside the name of the preferred candidate. The person then proceeds to drop their marked ballot in a transparent ballot box. Unmarked ballots or spoiled ones are classed as ‘rejected’ and do not go into the count.
Prospective candidates have however filed their nominations and are awaiting confirmation and verification from the Dean of Students Affairs.
Qualified aspirants are expected to be announced to the student populace on Monday, July 26, 2021.
This was indicated in the 2021 UGSRC Electoral Calendar.
The calendar which outlines the series of events to be held within the electoral season will regulate the actions and activities of all stakeholders for the entire period.
The provisional line-up sighted by #UniversNews schedules Friday, July 30, 2021, for vetting of aspirants by an SRC Vetting Panel with the Electoral Commissioner as the chair.
2021 UGSRC Electoral Calendar below