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13,000 Students Expected To Cast Their Votes In Today’s UCC Students’ General Elections

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About thirteen thousand students are expected to cast their votes today to elect leaders for the SRC and various student bodies on the UCC campus.

Presiding officer for the elections Dr. Kwasi Opoku Buadu has cautioned students against campaigning today. The presiding officer says he expects a higher number of voter turnout in this year’s election. Last year’s election recorded a total of 10,700 valid votes cast representing 70%.

This year, the EC expects between 13,000 and 14,000 voters. The most keenly contested slot is the Presidency of the Students Representative Council. All four teams contesting for the SRC presidency have made similar promises to improve internet, transportation and security on campus, infrastructure development among others.

Team “De Hope”, first on the ballot paper, is led by Tony Henry Arthur a third year law student and Naa Korkoi Amoah a level three hundred Bachelor of Arts Social Sciences student. The Manifesto of Team “De hope” among other things captures the need to strengthen the UCC House of Parliament and review the student’s handbook.

The candidate, Tony Arthur, said he believed certain provisions in the handbook are inconsistent with the laws of Ghana and the freedom of students.

Number two on the ballot screen for today’s election is Team Bosco led by Robert Owusu and Abigail Maamle Tetteh.

Bosco centers his campaign on financial discipline and proposes strategies to reduce the high interest on capital loans borne by students. Number three on the ballot screen is Team General led by Frank Owusu and Priscila Marfo.

Team General proposes to bring a new energy in the SRC to reinvigorate student politics in UCC. The Hope is number four on the ballot screen. The team is led by Eric Adjei and Juliana Kwofie. Team Hope proposes to ensure the cancellation of dawn quizzes. This year’s campaign ahead of the election has been relatively more civilised compared to previous years.

The candidates complied with posting of campaign posters only at given locations. The expectation for a credible election is high but for a few persons like the Steward who has fought two unsuccessful battles for the SRC presidency. But the presiding officer for the election, Dr. Kwasi Opoku Buadu assures students the electioneering process will be credible.

Source: Christian Baidoo | ATL FM NEWS

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