A third-year law student at the University of Professional Studies, Accra says a committee needs to be appointed to oversee the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the school when the tenure of the current administration ends in July this year.
In an exclusive interview with UPSANEWSROOM.com‘s Venessa Oduma Boamah Tuesday, Nii Laryeafio Benedict said the UPSA SRC Constitution has carefully been crafted to avoid a “governmental vacuum.”
The current SRC executives will not be handing over to a new administration because the election set for April could not come off due to the closure of the university as a result of the threat posed by the coronavirus.
However, the tenure of President Peter Mwin Zumah’s administration is expected to end in July this year thereby creating a vacuum from August right up to September when the next semester will begin.
But Mr Nii Laryeafio ably noted that Article 29 (12) of the SRC Constitution clothes the current Executive Council with residual powers to act in situations not provided for in the working document.
The provision states that: “Where on any matter or issue, no provision has been made for it in this constitution, the Executive Council in consultation with the General Assembly shall issue directives and provide for that matter or issue as it may deem fit.”
The law student laced Article 29 (12) with the provision of Schedule One (2)
of the SRC Constitution which talks about the need to hand-over to a new administration in order to “prevent a governmental vacuum.”
Mr Nii Laryeafio was forthright that considering the combined effect of Article 29 (12) and Schedule One (2) (d) of the Constitution, the current Executive Council can appoint an Interim SRC Management Committee (ISMC) to shepherd the Council until a fresh election is organised.
He, however, said that any such decision or directive taken by the Executive
Council in consultation with the General Assembly must be done in the “express interest of the students of the school.”