Two top General Assembly leaders of the Students Representative Council, University of Ghana, have discounted claims by the Speaker of the Assembly, Emmanuel Adjei Ampem, that they consented to the use of Google form links to to used for voting to approve of Electoral Commissioners for the House.
Emmanuel Adjei Ampem, in an interview on Campus Exclusive earlier this week after a virtual General Assembly meeting on Wednesday, said that the Clerk, Isaac Asare was aware of his decision to allow for voting using a Google form.
“The Clark emphatically had an idea of the Google forms that we were going to use to conduct the elections but he had issues with the network that he is using, that is why I myself had to put it on the page because members were waiting for it,” the Speaker said in the interview
But John Lawerh Puplampu Alfred, who is the Deputy G.A Speaker, and Isaac Asare, the Clerk, in responding to this claim, have accused Emmanuel Adjei Ampem of acting alone.
“We wish to put on record without any iota of equivocation that, we are not co-responsible for the controversial Google form and as such distant ourselves from such claims. It was the unilateral decision of the Speaker to create and use the form despite our objection (to its use entirely). The attitude and behavior of the Speaker is
something we vehemently condemn in no uncertain terms,” the two said in a statement.
They added that:
“We, therefore, admonish all students of the University of Ghana and the general public to treat such claims made by the Speaker with the utmost contempt it deserves. We wish to again assure all university of Ghana Students and members of the UGSRC General Assembly of our commitment to keeping the oath we swore to serve the interest of students,”
General Assembly Speaker under fire from Members
The General Assembly Speaker has come under heavy criticism from members of the General Assembly for taking actions that they deem disrespectful.
According to them, the Speaker, Emmanuel Adjei Ampem, during Wednesday’s virtual meeting on WhatsApp, left the platform without notifying members.
His exit was during a disagreement among members over how to elect Electoral Commissioners for the House.
Meanwhile, President of Distance Education Student Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Ghana, Daniel Adjumani, has vowed to ensure that the Speaker of the SRC General Assembly, and the SRC legal advisor are removed from office following Wednesday’s happenings.
Story by: Daniel Sackitey and Nunana Ayisah | universnewsroom.com