‘If the school can go virtual, nothing stops EC from doing same’ – Fmr UPSA SRC EC pushes

Former UPSA SRC Electoral Commissioner, Daniel Nuku Kove

A former Electoral Commissioner of the Students’ Representative Council at the University of Professional Studies, Accra is pushing for his successor to be given the needed support to deliver on his mandate in this Covid-19 world.

Daniel Nuku Kove has argued that nothing stops the current Electoral Commission from leveraging on technologies to go about its duties despite the manual nature of the processes.

“It is unfortunate the whole world has been hit by the Covid-19…[but] as the former Electoral Commissioner I will say that…everything is virtual [now] and nothing stops the EC from selling forms online,” he told UPSANEWROOM.com’s Venessa Oduma Boamah in an exclusive interview Tuesday.

The University of Professional Studies, Accra has rejected a proposal submitted to the Dean of Students outlining a new Electoral Calendar for the conduct of the 2020 SRC and departmental elections.

In the proposal, the electoral process was to start on May 04, 2020 with the virtual sale and conduct of vetting, leading to a manual election in the second week of September.

But the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus compelled Mawuli K. Feglo, the Dean of Students to reject the proposal even though he described it as “well-thought through.”

Reacting to the development, Mr Nuku Kove expressed his disappointment with the action of the Dean of Students.

“If there is anything or management or anybody or a body of people standing against the process then they have questions to answer, especially management,” he told the reporter.

Mr Nuku Kove said the current opposition to the work of the Electoral Commission will end up creating a “vacuum in governance” which the SRC Constitution has been crafted to avoid.

“It is just unfortunate that our voting system is manual,” he conceded, adding, the Commission can start with the aspects of the processes that can be done virtually and proceed with the manual election in next semester.

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