The UPSA SRC Electoral Commission’s paperless and anti-electoral poster campaign designed to protect school properties has visibly divided opinion on campus.
The campaign announced in January 2020 debars aspirants for the various departmental and Students’ Representative Council (SRC) positions from using posters blamed for defacing campus.
The Commission is encouraging aspirants to print banners instead of the posters to be positioned at some designated points on campus and at the various hostels.
But the campaign has triggered a mixed reaction on campus. While some students support the campaign, a section is opposed to the idea completely, UPSANEWSROOM.com’s Bennita Amoah and Raphael Abadandi have reported.
Gifty, a level 400 Accounting student of the university has commended the EC boss, Appoh Papulius and his team for banning posters on campus.
She told the reporters the initiative will protect school properties as well as reduce the unnecessary defacing of campus.
Gifty, however, observed the campaign will disadvantage the aspirants, especially those who will not have the wherewithal to print banners.
Elikem Eugene, a level 300 Accounting student, and a former aspirant is encouraging students to rally behind the EC’s project.
While commending the Commission, Mr Elikem is appealing to the EC boss Mr Papulius to designate areas for posters since the use of banner will compound the problems of aspirants.
But Dickson Kpodo has strongly disagreed with the EC’s initiative, saying it was done without proper consultation with students.
He would rather have the EC consult the students from one faculty to the other in order to know what they think and feel about the campaign.
Mr Kpodo was emphatic that: “the cost involved with respect to the use of data in accessing such information will be a lot and also these posters will take so much space on their phones.”
To Peter Canisius, a level 200 Accounting student, the campaign has a positive side and a negative side to it.
Although the initiative will reduce waste in the system, he said it will place an unnecessary financial burden on aspirants.
On his part, Nana Opoku Ware Ampomah, a level 300 student said the EC’s project is not supported by any verifiable data.
But in all, “the decision taken I think, is somehow good, somehow bad [considering the nature of] the electoral [dynamics].”
“Last semester, I organized an opinion poll and the figures showed that flyers and posters really helped the aspirant,” he said, adding the printed posters help voters to weigh the policies of the various aspirants.