The University of Ghana Earth Science Students Association (UGESSA) has elected new leaders to spearhead the affairs of the group for the 2020/2021 academic year.
The election, which was held online on December 12, 2020, saw eight students contest for six offices – President, Vice-President, General Secretary, Organizing Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer.
A third-year student, Philip Darkwa, who contested unopposed for the office of the President, secured 100% endorsement to lead the Association.
Speaking to UniversNews after the election, he expressed contentment over the outcome of the results and reassured students of quality leadership.
However, he debunked claims of working with the Association’s Electoral Commission to prevent others from contesting.
“It is totally false. As far as I’m concerned nominations were opened and I filed mine. After the deadline I was told I was the only person who applied,” he said.
Philip Darkwa will be deputized by Annie Hannah Lartey, who beat her contender, Nii Boye Joshua, with a 16-vote margin.
She had amassed 69 votes out of the 112 cast, whilst her opponent, Joshua, secured 53.
Joshua, who is unhappy with the outcome of the election, told UniversNews that he ‘leaves everything to God’.
“I won’t complain and I can’t complain. I leave it to God the greatest judge. I will just leave everything to be. Sometimes, you don’t have anything to do, one has to sit and watch things go adverse,” Boye Joshua stated.
Meanwhile, Benedicta Karl Akrofi and Joshua Apalbilah both secured a 100% endorsement to serve as the Association’s Treasurer and Organizing Secretary respectively.
In the contest for a General Secretary, Level 200 student, Obed Tettey Armah, defeated Fortune Mawusi Woekpor with a 3.20% difference to become the newly elected General Secretary of the Association.
Mbi Aziriba Michael also defeated Millicent Gyan to become the new Public Relations Officer for the Association.