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Election impasse: SRC candidate sues CK Tedam University, three others

A presidential candidate of the C K Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CK Tedam UTAS) is demanding the annulment of the institution’s SRC elections 

A Students’ Representative Council (SRC) presidential candidate of the C K Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CK Tedam UTAS) has filed a lawsuit at a Bolgatanga High Court against the university and three others over election impasse.

The student, Alfred Asante, who contested in the school’s 17 February 2022 SRC elections, has sued the University, the chairperson of the SRC Electoral Commission, Awanah Michael Atamakira and the chairperson of the SRC’s interim management committee.

This is on the back of the decision by the university’s management to swear-in Awanah Michael Atamakira as the SRC president in the face of several reported irregularities and failure on the part of management to act in line with the recommendations of a committee tasked to investigate the alleged flawed electoral process.

A committee was constituted by the university to look into the allegations of irregularities in the election.

The plaintiff and other defeated presidential candidates had rejected the declared results by the commission with evidence of irregularities. The defeated candidates challenged the results of the election, stating the elections had been marred by flaws. The defeated candidates first mounted the challenge at the Dean of Students’ office.

The committee after a successful probe recommended the organisation of fresh elections by the SRC Electoral Commission.

But the university’s management acted contrary to the recommendation of the committee and went ahead to install Awanah Michael Atamakira as the SRC president of the university.

The decision did not go down well with Alfred Asante who has dragged the university and three other defendants before a Bolgatanga High Court, demanding the annulment of the elections and the election of Awanah Michael Atamakira as the SRC president of the university.

In his writ of summons sighted by Asaase News, the plaintiff demands the following:

“A declaration that the elections conducted on 17 February 2022 which resulted in the election of the 3rd Defendant as SRC president of the CK Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences have been seriously marred by irregularities and therefore null and void.”

He is also seeking “an order directed at the Defendants, especially the 2nd Defendant to conduct fresh elections for the SRC.”

The plaintiff is also seeking “An order directed to the 1st Defendant to as a matter of urgency release the report of the committee set up to probe into irregularities that ensued during the conduct of the 17th February 2022 SRC elections.”

Arrest of SRC presidential candidate

Management of the C K Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences on 8 April 2022, caused the arrest and detainment of Alfred Asante, members of his campaign team and Raymond Korbla, a past SRC president of the school on suspicion that they were behind a faceless WhatsApp account that taunted the school’s management.

According to the management of the university, the owners of the said faceless account were being used to spread derogatory messages to and against it and the committee constituted to investigate the election irregularities.

But the students, who were later granted bail, denied having any links to the said WhatsApp account being used against the university authority.

The students said the arrest was a tool being used by the university to gag them in their pursuit to call for fresh elections devoid of irregularities.

The case is before a Bolgatanga High Court and a first hearing will be made on 10 May 2022.

Senyalah Castro

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