UGSRC gets Interim Executives for the 2020/2021 Academic Year

The Executive Committee (ExeComm) of the University of Ghana Students Representative Council (UGSRC) has appointed new executives to head the affairs of the student body for the time being.

This follows the failure of the SRC to hold elections to elect new principal officers for the 2020/2021 academic year.

In anticipation of the expiration of the tenure of office of the Isaac Agyemang led administration, the Executive Committee comprising all active Junior Common Room (JCR) Presidents have triggered Article 25 of the SRC constitution.

In circumstances where the SRC is unable to organize an election and the tenure of an incumbent officer is about to expire article 25 clause 7 a. i. allows for ‘One of the JCR Presidents of the Halls of residence as Acting SRC President’.

“Article 25 (7) (a). In the event of the removal from office en-block of the Executive Officers under this article, the remaining members of the Executive Committee shall nominate and/or appoint:

(I) One of the JCR Presidents of the Halls of residence as Acting SRC President;”

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Pursuant to that, ExeComm on June 29, 2020 elected JCR President of the Akuafo Hall, Nana Amo Ntow Fianko as the interim SRC President for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Additionally, the Secretary to the Mensah Sarbah Hall JCR, Rubby Nkansah was also appointed as acting SRC General Secretary in line with subclause two of article 25 (7).

However, the position Treasurer is yet to be decided on by the Executive Committee. Constitutionally, the Head of the Finance Committee is expected to fill that position as directed by article 25 (7).

“(ii) One of the JCR Secretaries as Acting SRC Secretary, provided that such a Secretary shall not be appointed from the same JCR as shall be appointed from under (a) of this clause.

(iii) The Chairperson of the Finance Committee as Acting Treasurer of the SRC.”

See full provision here:

25. (7) (a) In the event of the removal from office en-block of the Executive Officers under this article, the remaining members of the Executive Committee shall nominate and/or appoint:

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(I) One of the JCR Presidents of the Halls of residence as Acting SRC President;

(ii) One of the JCR Secretaries as Acting SRC Secretary, provided that such a Secretary shall not be appointed from the same JCR as shall be appointed from under (a) of this clause.

(iii) The Chairperson of the Finance Committee as Acting Treasurer of the SRC.

(b) Officers so appointed under (a) of this clause shall constitute the Acting Executive Officers of the SRC, and shall have such powers as pertain to the respective substantive offices as provided for in this Constitution.

(c) For the avoidance of doubt, (b) of this clause shall apply in the event of a failure to elect Executive Officers under this Constitution, subject to article (29) clause (2) (b).

Story by: Michael Papanii Ashalley 

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