The Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Ghana, Prof. Godfred Bokpin has reaffirmed the disqualification of Presidential candidate, Caleb Elorm Kadu from the 2021 Alexander Adum Kwapong Hall Junior Common Room (JCR) elections.
The Dean earlier nullified the candidature of Caleb Kadu; and Maame Aba Dampare who was hoping to be elected as the next Financial Secretary of the JCR.
This followed a petition to the Dean’s office asserting that the two did not meet the University’s academic requirement of Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) 3.0 before contesting for the JCR elections.
Days after that, Caleb Kadu petitioned the Dean of students again to investigate his Grade Point Average (GPA).
In the petition, he claimed that his CGPA as of the time he filed his nominations was 3.07 as per the university’s academic requirement. However, on the eve of the first phase of the elections, he stated that some students “illegally” obtained and circulated a transcript bearing his name and ID number on platforms of the hall.
He added that on the said transcript, the paper of a course which he had not taken; that initially appeared as N/A had changed to X reducing his CGPA to 2.93.
Caleb Kadu nonetheless stated that his CGPA at the time of filing his nomination i.e. April 29, 2021, was 3.07.
He then urged the Dean to reverse the nullification of his candidature to make him eligible to contest in the elections.
Notwithstanding, the Dean of students in response to Caleb Kadu’s petition, stated that the letter which earlier affirmed his disqualification from the elections still holds.
“This letter comes to inform you that our letter dates 27th May 2021 which disqualifies you from contesting the elections because you did not meet the university’s requirement of CGPA 3.0 still hold. I have no further response to your petition.” the letter read.
Meanwhile, JCR Presidential candidates, Kelvin Quansah Osae and Nana Yaa Gyamfi (Team Quansah) have taken an early lead in the elections which took place on Friday, May 23, 2021, at the East-wing of the Hall.
The elections were conducted pursuant to Article 11 of the Alexander Adum Kwapong JCR constitution.
Team Quansah gathered 417 of the 823 votes cast, to earn a slim advantage over Caleb Kadu and Samuel Ackom (Team Kadu) who amassed 370 votes.
However, the date for the second phase of the elections has not been announced. This phase will see Alexander Adum Kwapong hall residents in levels 100 and 400 will also cast their ballot.
Caleb Kadu’s petition below
Dean of students response