#UGDecides: EC hints at postponing elections as UTAG strike delays resumption for L200s, 300s

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The Electoral Commission of the University of Ghana Students Representative Council has disclosed that the 2021 SRC elections slated for September 10, 2021, might be postponed following the adjournment of the reopening of level 200 and 300 students.

The resumption of the second and third-year students was postponed by management of the university within the course of last week over an industrial action that has been embarked on by the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG).

Speaking to UniversNews, Electoral Commissioner of the SRC, Henry Ackon indicated that the elections are scheduled to take place two weeks after resumption for the level 200 and 300 students.

“Should it happen that they would postpone the date for resumption, it will actually affect the day for conducting the elections. The election is supposed to be conducted in the second week of resumption of school so should it be postponed, it means that the day of the election would be postponed,” He said.

The Electoral Commission, in the Constitutional Instrument for this year’s elections (C. I 21), announced that voting in the 2021 SRC elections will take a hybrid form.

The CI stated that Level 100 and 400 students will vote electronically (online) and Level 200 and 300 students will vote in-person using ballot papers.

“Strictly online voting for Level 100 and 400 students. For the avoidance of doubt, online voting means voting over the internet electronically. Strictly ballot paper voting for Level 200 and 300 students (In-person voting)” the C. I said.

Management postpones reopening for L200, 300 over UTAG strike

Second and third-year students of the University of Ghana are no longer expected to report to school between Thursday, August 26 and Sunday, August 29, 2021.

The Business and Executive Committee of the University, at a meeting held on Thursday, August 6, decided to move their reopening date.

Exams were subsequently suspended for level 100 and 400 students.

The decision was taken as lecturers across the country are embarking on strike, demanding an increment in salaries.

The strike by the University Teachers Association of Ghana has already forced several tertiary institutions, including the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, to put their end-of-semester examinations on hold.

UTAG has been on strike since August 2, 2021.

The Association wants the 2012 conditions of service to peg the Basic plus Market Premium of a lecturer at $2,084.42.

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