The Students’ Representative Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has signed an act which makes provision for the institution of an Interim Students’ Representative Council (ISRC) until proper electioneering process takes place to elect substantial leaders for the Council.
According to a statement the SRC President, Charles Adu-Baah has signed, this has become necessary after the SRC brushed off any form of elections, whether online or delegate.
“Upon the end of the tenure of the incumbent Students’ Representative Council, and considering the problems associated with any form of alternative elections whether delegate or online ie, accessibility issues, credibility problems and disenfranchisement, I, Master Adu-Baah Charles Jr, President of the SRC (2019/2020) after necessary consultations with relevant stakeholders, have signed an instrument to ensure the continuance of the SRC,” part of the statement said.
The Chairperson for the Judicial Board, his Lordship Michael Gyan shall be responsible for the transitional process from his administration to the ISRC, the statement further added.
The instrument also gave an ultimatum to the ISRC to organize ‘SRC and NUGS elections within the first fourteen days upon the commencement of the new academic year for continuing students’.
Comprising three members each, interim judicial and electoral committees were set up to manage affairs of the Council.
Meanwhile, an online poll conducted by KNUST Student Activists indicates that students want an online election. Per the number of students who participated in the polls, 84.2% showed interest in an online election, whereas 9.2% said ‘no’ to an online election with 6.6% being indecisive.
In another online poll conducted by KNUST Live, respondents agreed to participate in online elections.
After vetting had already taken place, some of the aspirants are unhappy with the decision taken by the current SRC, adding that they were not consulted.
“As much as we have been championing an agenda to serve the student populace, we believe the letter as it stands shifts focus even from our agenda to that of upholding the integrity of the SRC. We are displeased just like the many KNUST students we have come across today.”
Story by: Eli Djomekou