Mr. Yahaya Abdul Karimu, a level 300 law student of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and leader of Team Decider has filed a formal petition challenging the results of the recently held UCC SRC/LNUGS and JCRC elections.

The election was conducted on Thursday, September 2, 2021, with Team SK led by Samuel Kwabena Adotei, the current President of Kwame Nkrumah Hall emerging victorious in the keenly contested SRC Presidential slot.

According to Team Decider, some eligible students, including his supporters, were denied access to vote because the electronic voting verification system indicated that they had voted already.

The team believes that the voting system itself was not fair and transparent as it was supposed to be and therefore calls for a forensic audit into the electronic voting system to ascertain the veracity of the votes purported to have accrued by each candidate.

He also stated stressed on the need for a fresh election to be conducted.

Below are the grounds for the petition are:

(1) That the SRC/L.NUGS/ JCRC electronic voting system was not transparent.

(2) That the voting process was not fair and transparent.

(3) That some eligible students, including my supporters, were denied access to vote because
the electronic voting verification system indicated that they had voted already.

(4) That some eligible students, duly registered, were not allowed to vote because their names
were not found in the electronic voting verification system.

(5) That the purported declaration of the election results on ATL FM by the Dean of Students
is contrary to Article 58(H) of the 2020 Students’ Handbook and hence it is null, void and of
no effect.

(6) That the aspirants were not given copies of the voter’s register and in fact, no voter register
was provided at any of the polling stations to check and verify the number of voters.

(7) That election software was not demonstrated or tested by the electoral commission to the
aspirants, contrary to notice published earlier, for aspirants to know how votes are transmitted
and how votes cast in favour of each aspirant truly go to them.

(8) That the failure to disclose to aspirants the members of the electoral commission led to the
appointment of campaign managers as members of the electoral commission. At SRC Hall, for
instance, Mr. Nana Kwesi Agyemang who is a campaign manager for an SRC Presidential
candidate (Team Taker) appeared and worked as the electoral commissioner on the day of
voting. This is in breach of Article 58(O) of the 2020 Students’ Handbook and hence
unconstitutional and renders the election null and void.

(9) That my agents were not allowed entry into the strong rooms at the start of polls at some
polling stations.

(10) That the action of the Dean of Students, the appointing officer of the electoral commission
pursuant to Article 58(D)(I) of the 2020 Students’ Handbook, to cause the seizure of a bus
which was freely picking students in the name of Team Decider on grounds that the University
has transport system is unfair, bias and suppressive.

(11) That the action of the Dean of Students, the Chief consulting officer in the declaration of
results pursuant to Article 58(D)(II)(iv) of the 2020 Students Handbook, to allow the SRC
Presidential aspirant (Team SK) who was eventually purported to have been declared the
winner of the SRC elections, to organize shuttle buses which displayed his banners and stickers
to transport students on the day of elections is unfair and bias and a breach of the rules of
engagement.

(12) That as an aspirant I am not aware of any collation of the results of the elections.

(13) That copies of signed results were not given to candidates.

RELIEFS

(1) A declaration that the electronic voting system used for the 2021/2022 SRC elections is not
transparent and that the system and its outcome should be declared null, void, and of no effect.

(2) An order for a re-run of the elections.

(3) A forensic audit into the electronic voting system to ascertain the veracity of the votes
purported to have accrued by each candidate.

(4) The purported declaration made by the Dean of Students on ATL FM on 2nd September,
2021 as is contrary to Article 58(H) of the 2020 Students’ Handbook, should be declared null
and void and of no effect.

(5) Any other relief that the office may deem it necessary to grant.

Source: InsiderGH.com

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