By: Prince Kofi Guadzi.
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology SRC Elections has been fraught with several scandals leading up to the Vetting Process and quite recently the eviction of Master Jude Sabutey from the Presidential Race. In a rather short notice, the SRC’s Electoral Commission announced the General Elections will be coming off today, August 5, 2021. This comes after a three-week enquiry into some unruly acts perpetrated at the SRC Vetting process held earlier last month.
Today, with various unforeseen circumstances threatening to mar the euphoria surrounding this yearly tradition, it is pertinent to analyse the various potential circumstances which may culminate in low voter turnout and ultimately- a less-than eventful SRC General Elections. Per the morning rounds made by our team, we gather that voter turnout is exceptionally low and unlike previous years, many underlying factors could be attributed to this low initial turnout which may spiral into an overall low voter turnout for today’s landmark event. The purported underlying factors include; an ongoing strike by UTAG and FUSSAG, the proximity of Final Exams and a lost momentum as a result of the Suspension of the Electoral Process by the University’s administration.
The ongoing strike by the two influential labour associations have led to the suspension of all academic activities across the various public universities in Ghana. The strike is hinged on the payment of agreed remuneration to lecturers which the government has failed to honour. This had led to a boycott of academic activities on KNUST Campus. In ability to get students out of their hostel means a further difficulty to get to the election centres as most students are coerced into voting as soon as they leave or arrive at Lecture Auditoriums for lessons.
Will this be a pivotal factor in determining the outcome of today’s elections?
Again, KNUST is scheduled to commence its final examinations come next week, August 9, 2021. This means most students are doing final touch-ups to what they have learnt and also spending time to revise for the forthcoming examinations. Getting students out of their study rooms into polling stations will be another daunting task for the campaign teams of the various aspirants for the four portfolios up for grabs in this General Election.
Will the ability of specific candidates to get students from their study rooms and behind the Voting Machines be a decisive factor for today’s event?
Last but not least, the traction garnered by the KNUST SRC Elections each year is great and its zenith is the SRC Elections which also comes off last. The severe delay in the organization of the elections may have come with a more instinctual issue- the momentum of the election. Most students after the disqualification of one shoe-in candidate for the portfolio of SRC President without clear reasons as his disqualification as well as other key issues have led to the a slowdown in the momentum gathered by this year’s SRC Elections.
Will this also be a considerable factor in determining voter turnout and ultimately the winners of today’s events? As the day goes by, we will continue to add up to these analysis and hopefully the end will see the best of the best takeover for each of the four mantles up for grabs.