On Sunday 6th June, 2021, the Electoral Commissioner of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences released a statement announcing the disqualification of Mr. Sampson Buabeng and his running mate, Prince Nyamesem Kwaning.
In the statement, the EC, Mr Fredrick Seko Benson alluded that the running mate failed to meet some constitutional requirements hence their disqualification.
Hypercitigh.com’s election coverage team in an interview with Mr. Sampson bares it all. This what he had to say.
When asked about the unfortunate happening on the election day, Mr Sampson Buabeng claimed mistakes were made by his vice, the EC, the dean and from his side. According to him, Mr Kwaning lied about his CWA and he (Mr Buabeng) failed to check and validate the CWA of the vice.
He went on to say that the EC faulted by waiting till a night prior to the election day to release a statement in effect to their disqualification. The dean, he claimed, didn’t deal right with them when he allowed them to go through vetting without allowing them to access their results. The delay on the part of the dean didn’t sit well with him.
With a heavy heart, the aspirant relayed his encounter with the dean of students. In his opinion, the dean, who is regarded as the father of the students did not talk to him as a father should. He stated that the dean had no comforting or assuring words for him but dismissed his grievances.
Speaking to the issue, Mr. Buabeng said an injunction could have been placed on the election to give time for a resolution if the disqualification was announced a day or two before the election day. As at the time of the interview, he had spoken to some major stakeholders and the college counsellor. He accepted that nothing could be done about his issue since election had already begun.
Mr. Buabeng refused to lose hope and encouraged his followers go to the polls in their numbers to exercise their franchise. He ended by throwing his weight behind another presidential aspirant, Mr. Richard Kpovo.
This is to all ECs, is there a rule regarding when and how disqualifications are to be communicated? Should aspirants be made to go through emotional, academic and financial stress and vetting only to be disqualified at a latter date when it is impossible to seek redress?
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Source: Naa Karley Quaye