Junior Common Room President of the Mensah Sarbah Hall, Daniel Ofori Frimpong popularly known as “Bra Kofi” has hit hard at persons and groups who threw their weight behind certain candidates in this year’s University of Ghana Student Representative Council (UGSRC) elections.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive post the declaration of provisional results from the elections which were held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Daniel Ofori Frimpong stated that the dynamics in UG politics have made these endorsements immaterial on the elections.
“The endorsements this time around were too many. Someone can just pick his GH¢2.50p letterhead and just endorse someone anyhow – it doesn’t work that way. A whole lot of endorsements were coming from individuals…even people who have completed school and that they don’t have any say [in UG SRC elections].
When you check the dynamics of the UG politics arena, there are some halls or departments [Commonwealth Hall, Mensah Sarbah, Business School, POSSA, PENSA, NUPS-G, GHAMSU, TESCON, TEIN] that hold [great endorsement powers]. But this time around, it [ the endorsements] was more comic” he lamented.
The eve of election day saw many factions and student activists throw their weight behind their preferred candidate, rallying to electorates to do the same.
In “The Big Endorsement”, the current National Union of Ghana Student (NUGS) International Relations Secretary Pius Theophilus Baidoo together with David Hughes and Francis Oppong Owusu endorsed Rebecca Mwinviel Derry, one of the General Secretary candidates who lost to Stephanie Naadu Antwi.
2019 UG SRC presidential candidate who is also the current General Secretary of NUGS, Julius Kwame Anthony endorsed Stephanie Naadu Antwi who eventually triumphed over Rebecca Derry and Jonelle Mate Kodjo to emerge as General Secretary elect.
Also, the Commonwealth Hall at the University of Ghana has endorsed Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, Samuel Amos Ofosu and Alfred Acquah ahead of the 2021 SRC elections.
Again The Tertiary Education Students Confederacy (TESCON) at the University of Ghana has officially endorsed Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate, Prince Asumadu and Wisdom Ndukwe as well as General Secretary candidate, Stephanie Naadu Antwi and Treasurer candidate, Daniel Obeng Asamoah ahead of the 2021 SRC elections.
Does endorsement matter in elections?
Current Acting Head of Academic Affairs of the University of Ghana Students Representative Council (UGSRC), Abdul Salam believes that the act of endorsing candidates for SRC elections plays a very crucial role in their victory.
Abdul Salam maintains that the kind of endorsement a candidate receives in an election goes a long way to determine whether the candidate will win or lose the race.
“I think endorsements are important and they play a vital role in SRC elections. If you look at the voter behavior on campus here, how people vote, what influences their votes you’ll realize that endorsement plays a very important role in determining who wins and who loses.
Over the years you find departments endorsing their candidates, some people also vote based on orientation and the fact that the candidate running belongs to the same groups like churches and halls” he said.