The University of Ghana SRC Electoral Commission is being accused of plans to place some presidential candidates at favourable spots on the ballot paper.
This is according to a presidential candidate in this year’s elections, Felix Ayittah, who believes the manner in which the EC conducted the balloting on Tuesday leaves more room to suspect underground dealings prior to the exercise.
He is alleging that a Deputy Electoral Commissioner entered the SRC Union Building with papers that were already folded and numbered, a situation he describes not only as strange and murky but also “gives you a signal that this what they wanted the person to pick.”
“The first Deputy Electoral Commissioner came in and he had the papers already folded inside his pockets. We were not happy with it [because] for all the balloting we’ve witnessed, you [EC] ought to write the numbers in front of all the aspirants.”
“We argued but the other aspirants were not in support so we had to vote. Few of us were against that, and they had the numbers so we had to continue [like that],” he revealed.
In an audio sighted by UniversNews few hours after the balloting ended, the displeased candidate said what occurred during the balloting demonstrates where the EC is heading.
”You could see clearly that some of the things [papers] were crumpled in such a way that it gives signal that this is what they wanted the person to pick.”
He added: “I’m not happy with what transpired. Paul (his running mate) is not happy, Priscilla is not happy, Rashid is also not happy with what happened there.”
According to him, “this clearly shows what they want to do because if they want to do this with balloting, then you should know what they are up to.”
The candidate balloting
The Electoral Commission on Tuesday evening held a balloting exercise for all the candidates in the upcoming elections.
The process was meant to give the candidates the avenue to pick their spots in order of appearance on the ballot papers during the main elections which has been slated for Friday, October 1, 2021.
The Electoral Commissioner told UniversNews the outcome of the balloting will be released to the university community on Wednesday, September 22.
Henry Ackon indicated that spots picked through the balloting shall not be subject to any further modifications.
The candidates are, however, barred from making public their spots prior to the official announcement from the EC as such actions may attract severe sanctions including spot fines on the offenders.
The balloting took place smoothly despite few delays in its commencement as was earlier communicated.
Some of the candidates turned up late, another development which caused the delay to occur.
The 2021 University of Ghana SRC elections will be held online for level 100 and 400 students and in-person with ballot papers for level 200 and 300 students.