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UG Dean of Students sets up committee to investigate alleged irregularities in recent SRC election.

A six-member committee has been set up by the University of Ghana Dean of Students to investigate alleged irregularities in last week’s Student Representative Council (SRC) elections.

The Committee is made up of Dr. Godfred A. M. Owusu (UGBS), Dr. Christina Amoatey (Senior Tutor, Jubilee Hall), Dr. Patrick Assuming (UGBS), Dr. Justice Kwame Appati (Computer Science Department), Mr. Kwesi Assuman Pocco (SRC Legal Counsel), and Mr. Kofi Yeboah (Assistant Registrar, HROOD/Secretary)

They have until November 19, 2021, to submit their report. The committee was formed after one Bernard Nana Boahen, a representative of Samuel Amos Ofosu, an unsuccessful presidential candidate in Friday’s re-run election, petitioned the Dean, calling for the results from the online polls to be annulled.

In the petition, sighted by Joy News, Bernard Boahen contended that the online election was fraught with irregularities and misconduct.

He also said that the declaration of the results was in ‘breach of agreement’. “The absence of the Second Deputy Electoral Commissioner, Boaz Asare-Baah Twumasi who possessed a ‘unique password’ which was a requirement as a login to facilitate the display of online results, makes it automatically impossible for online results to be displayed and thus; results displayed in the absence of the Second Deputy Electoral Commissioner must be deemed as ‘interference’ with the online results and as such renders the results non-credible.

“With these irregularities, misconduct, and breach of agreement exhibited, it would be of the utmost interest of the student populace to have the online results of the just ended run-off elections annulled and have a re-election conducted.”

Victory for Prince Asumadu in the presidential re-run election was sealed after he defeated his contender, Samuel Amos Ofosu by 137 votes from the electorates online.

Ultimately, the SRC Electoral Commission of the University of Ghana declared Prince Asumadu and Wisdom Ndukwe as President and Veep elect in the elections. The two garnered 7,647 votes, representing 51.6% of the total votes cast.

Their contenders, Samuel Amos Ofosu and running mate, Alfred Acquah managed to garner 7,156 votes representing 48.3%.

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