Presidential aspirant in the forthcoming University of Ghana SRC elections, Louis Owusu Banahene has appealed to the Dean of Students, Professor Godfred Bokpin for a partial waiver of a GHS 1000 fine slapped on him for breaching the school’s policy on advertisement.
The Dean of Students in a letter dated March 11, sanctioned two presidential aspirants who had illegally splashed their posters at unauthorised areas on campus. As a punishment, the Dean fined Louis Banahene and Anthony Julius, another presidential aspirant, an amount of GHS 1000 payable on or before Friday [March 15], failure for which the two would prevented from contesting in this year’s SRC elections.
In the Dean’s letter, the indiscriminate posting of campaign posters by the two was a breach of the Basic Laws of the university.
The letter further added that despite an invitation to discuss matters, the two refused to attend and several verbal warnings from the Dean have proven futile.
Responding to the Dean’s letter, Louis Banahene admitted that he had erred in the running of his campaign and apologized ‘sincerely’.
“I take full responsibility for my actions and the actions of the members of TEAM BANAHENE. I admit some of our methods were unacceptable and were not in accordance with the laid down rules and regulations of the University, and I apologize sincerely for that”, he said.
Banahene further added that he had directed his team to pull down all posters placed at unapproved places on the campus of the university before the March 15 deadline.
“I have directed my campaign team to pull down all BANAHENE posters at unapproved locations within the stipulated period directed by your office in the letter addressed to me”, he added.
On the GHS 1,000 fine, Banahene pleaded that the Dean gives him a 50% waiver.
“Notwithstanding all these, I humbly appeal to your office to grant us a partial waiver of penalty, to wit you reduce the fine imposed on us – myself and Mr. Anthony Julius – to a sum of five hundred Ghana cedis”, he appealed.
Credit: Elliot Ayertey Nuertey | universnewsroom.com