The Electoral Commissioner of the Commonwealth Hall at the Univerity of Ghana, Korkuvi Antonio Yayrator has petitioned the Chairperson of the Students Representative Council Electoral Commission to revert its decision of including an external IT personnel for the conduct of this year’s SRC elections for level 100 and 400 students.
Korkuvi Antonio Yayrator in a letter addressed to the SRC EC Chair on Monday, September 13, 2021, indicated that the use of a third party in the elections questions the legality, transparency, and fairness of the elections.
He added that this also goes a long way to question the democracy of the SRC; and called for immediate scrutiny of the online system of voting in the elections.
“As members of the Electoral College who are exceptionally acquainted with the dictates of the constitution as regards free, fair, and transparent elections, you are aware that this is a principal pre-requisite if our democracy as an SRC is to thrive. It is therefore with the utmost respect to you as the leadership of the Electoral Commission of the Students Representative Council and in the exercise of my inalienable rights as a member of the Electoral Commission and an electorate in the forthcoming SRC elections that I raise the issue of the porosity of the proposed electronic and online system of voting, and demand immediate scrutiny of the system of voting in the forthcoming elections, for I believe that the SRC and all its members, will not benefit from an electoral process unless it is beyond reproach.”
Korkuvi Antonio Yayrator also called on the SRC Electoral Commission to revert its decision of allowing ‘untrusted’ personnel to handle the online aspect of the elections.
“In furtherance, I demand that the leadership of the Commission rescinds its decision to contract a third party in handling the electronic part of the elections as same cannot be a trusted medium. The electorates in the e-voting system have no way of confirming their votes, and there is no way of conducting a recount as it is direct-recording voting, hence there is the need to have a trusted internal system coordinating the e-voting.”
Democracies are founded on elections and no true democracy can disregard the importance of elections and the sanctity of the ballot. In all the processes involved in an election, its believed that the most sacred is the right of an individual to cast his/her vote and how that vote goes into determining the future of our SRC and the student body at large. If the votes of electorates are not assured in playing an important role as to who runs the SRC and who handles our SRC funds for the next
Meanwhile, Five (5) candidates in the elections have petitioned the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Godfred Bokpin to allow the University of Ghana Computing Systems (UGCS) to take over the conduct of this year’s elections.
These candidates include Felix Tawiah Ayittah, Priscilla Asantewaa Ayeh, Henry Nii Adjiri Quarcoopome, Paul Baah Andam, and Abdul-Rashid Abdul-Razak.
Led by Felix Tawiah Ayittah, the candidates in a letter to the Dean on Monday, September 6, 2021, pleaded with his office to, in the interest of transparency, move for the elections to be conducted by the University of Ghana Computing Systems.
The candidates stated that they wanted the UGCS to conduct the elections for level 100 and 400 students because the directorate has conducted a number of successful elections in some halls and departments where the results were accepted by all the participating candidates.
“It must be noted that UGCS has conducted a number of JCR and departmental elections with success and without any doubts as to the creditbility of the process. For example, Legon Hall JCR election, the Geography and Resource Development Students elections among others were all conducted by UGCS and the outcomes of all the elections were accepted by all candidates”
The Electoral Commission (EC) of the UGSRC, in the Constitutional Instrument for this year’s elections (C. I 21), announced that voting in the 2021 SRC elections will take a hybrid form.
“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.”
Korkuvi Antonio Yayrator’s petition below