Students of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) will today go to the polls to elect SRC executives to man the affairs of students for the 2020/2021 academic year.
According to the Chairman of the Interim SRC Committee, Victor Yekple “online voting will best suit the period GIJ finds itself in”.
Thus, a link to the voting platform will be made available to all students before start of polls.
Voting is expected to begin at 12pm and end at 5pm after which provisional election results will be announced immediately after close of polls, followed by an announcement of certified results within 48 hours.
In all, six candidates are on the ballot seeking to be elected as SRC executives.
They are, Ishmael Lamptey (President), Abdur Raheem Abdus Samad Larry (Financial Secretary), Anyebuno Patrick Abesiyine( General Secretary), Farida Yeboah (Women Commissioner), Desmond Bilson Boahene (Organising Secretary) and Zina Godfred Mbanasong (External Affairs Commissioner).
This election has become necessary after management of GIJ ousted some students as SRC executives for illegally occupying the office.
According to management in a communique issued to students on Thursday February 11, 2021, “appointment of students to hold office as SRC leaders is alien to the SRC Constitution and in any case did not follow the procedure for the selection of student leaders as stipulated in the SRC Constitution.”
However, “candidates are expected to present polling agents to safeguard the integrity of the process”
This year’s SRC candidates will be the first to go unopposed.