Pursuant to Article 6(b) “No person shall be qualified as President unless (iv) He/She has at the time of the elections, attained the knowledge, level, part or stage two of his course of study and with regard to degree students, he must have attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5”, which the aforementioned people fall short of. The threshold of the 2.5-grade point average ran through all portfolios of the SRC which the above-mentioned persons are allegedly in deficit.
Following the circulation of some results slips alleging to be that of some respective candidates in the lead up to the 2021/2022 academic year SRC elections, a chunk of students have raised eyebrows at the attempt of the UPSA SRC electoral commission to enshroud the penurious academic performance of some aspirants in the forthcoming SRC elections.
A concerned student had on the day of vetting, hinging on the trending academic records, petitioned the vetting committee set up by the ad hoc SRC executives of UPSA to investigate the anomaly, in order to satisfy the constitutional requirement of Article 6(b)(iv).
Desolating, however, the amateurish and amoral supposed vetting committee camouflaged the painstaking efforts of Mr. Rashid Ibrahim aimed at cauterizing the vetting process. 4th June, 2021 went down as the worst in the history of student politics in UPSA, when the impoverished vetting committee cleared the accused candidates and their allies were cleared to partake in the balloting process and subsequently be put up for elections.
Many lambasted the final vetting results due to the presentiments held by a large chunk of concerned students for the inability of the vetting panel to order the proof of the accused’s results beyond reasonable doubts in the sight of the audience. A counter argument was made by representatives of the Electoral Commission, relying on the University’s Students handbook, claiming to use the results of the aspirants in the last academic year which contravenes Article 1(3)(b)&(c) of the University of Professional Studies, Accra SRC Constitution. For the avoidance of doubts, Article 1(3)(b) of the University of Professional Studies, Accra(UPSA) SRC Constitution holds that “subject to the laws of Ghana, and the rules and regulations of the University of Professional Studies, Accra, this constitution shall be the supreme law governing the affairs of any student, association, club or movement in this university. (c) any enactment of any association, organization, club or movement which is inconsistent with any provision of this constitution shall to the extent of the inconsistency, be null and void.”
I, Salvius N. Beni, a concerned student by this medium sound a distress call to all Civil Society Organizations and all well meaning Ghanaians to intervene in this deliberate attempt to suffocate and suppress the concerns of the ordinary UPSA student as these sycophants will be puppets to management, rather than advance students plight.
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