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KNUST: Elections will be peaceful and transparent – EC

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The Electoral Commissioner of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Mr. Emmanuel Obeng has assured students that this year’s Students Representative Council elections will be free, fair, and transparent.

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Speaking in an exclusive interview with Universnews, Mr. Emmanuel Obeng indicated that due to the violent incidents which truncated the vetting process of aspirants for the various portfolios in the SRC, the school management has decided to form a committee to continue the process and clear the qualified candidates for this year’s elections.

“Due to the unfortunate acts of violence which marred the vetting process of SRC aspirants at the Great Hall of the University, school authorities in collaboration with the members of the Electoral Commission decided to set up a committee to finish up the process by conducting background checks on the credentials of the various candidates to determine their eligibility for this year’s elections. We have finished with the processes and have collated a list of successful candidates who will compete in the polls, which we have subsequently published to inform the student body ahead of the polls”.

Also, Mr. Emmanuel Obeng also provided an update on the preparations of the Electoral Commission on the provision of logistics and other materials needed for a successful election on the day.

“We are more than 80% ready for the upcoming SRC Elections, we are currently working on the finishing touches needed to put everything in place for tomorrow. We have made adequate preparations for backup electricity sources for all the polling stations on campus and the strong room, where the results of the various candidates would be received would run on a generating plant for the entire duration of the elections to prevent any unforeseen circumstances. In terms of security, the commission together with school management have liaised with the police and internal security officials to make sure that adequate security is provided for the upcoming elections. In all, we have put together a team of more than 150 security personnel to man the various polling stations across campus to facilitate an incident-free elections tomorrow”

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Students are expected to go to the polls on Thursday, August 5, 2021, to elect a new executive body for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Below are the candidates in this year’s elections.

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