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KNUST SRC Elections: Court quashes petitioner’s case; First years ruled out of Jan 28 elections

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The Interim SRC Judicial Committee has on Monday, 25th January 2021 given a ruling after fierce legal battle interpretating the ISRC Act and SRC constitution 2011 as amended.

The SRC interim Judicial Committee has ruled in favor of the 1st respondent. The 2/1 ruling prevents first years from exercising their franchise on Thursday, January 28, 2021 when KNUST goes to the polls to elect their leaders.

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 According to the court, presided over her Ladyship Priscilla Konadu, the petitioner arguments lacks merit, and cannot be sustained in the face of available constitutional provision.

Interim Judicial Committee chaired by Her Ladyship Priscilla Konadu

Background

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On January 21st, 2021, Mr. Clinton Debrah, a second-year Law Student filed a petition after laying hands on a communique issued by the Interim SRC EC to exclude the first years from voting on the January 28 SRC Elections.

The decision to exclude first years according to the ISRC EC was based on the fact that first years are yet to be matriculated as asuch are not in good standing to elect leaders to the respective SRC portfolios.

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The plaintiff in his petition filed for an interpretation of Article 7(1) of the SRC Constitution 2011 as amended invoking the locus of the ISRC Judicial committee in article 56 (I)a and section 5(4) of the interim students representative committee Act 2020 for an interpretation of article 7(1) of the SRC Constitution 2011 as amended.

The Plaintiff, Master Clinton Debrah also in his petition pray the court to order the I-EC to include the first years, and proffer any orders that may deem fit to ensure that legitimize and protects the voting rights of first years in the January 28 elections.

Source: Hypercitigh.com

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