The President of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Professional Studies, Accra has written to the General Assembly to seek its advice over the formation of an Interim SRC Management Committee.
In a two-page letter sighted by UPSANEWSROOM.com, Peter Mwin Zumah said the inability of students to elect a new batch of executives due to the closure of the school as a result of the Covid-19, has plunged the SRC into a state of emergency, the resolution of which has been given to the Executive Council to do by the Constitution.
“As you are well aware the current Executives will cease to be students a month or two away. Already, the SRC has been clearly plunged into an emergency because of our inability to elect new leaders as a result of the global emergency health crisis – Covid-19. The working Constitution of the SRC has been carefully crafted to avoid a “governmental vacuum” which is the direction we are heading towards if the current Executives graduate from the school. However, the framers of the SRC Constitution may have contemplated this situation and provided a way out,” the letter read.
The SRC President quoted Articles 5(2) (iii) and 29(12) of the SRC Constitution which clothes the Executive Council the absolute authority to take such decisions as may be necessary to address the emergency with the mere “advice” of the General Assembly.
The SRC Electoral Commission was preparing for the election of new executives in April 2020, when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo directed the closure of all public and private schools as a result of the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
This means the UPSA SRC will be without leaders until such a time when a fresh election will be organised in the next semester.
But Mr Mwin Zumah said the SRC Constitution has been “carefully crafted” to avoid what he has described as a “governmental vacuum.”
To this effect, the SRC President has invoked the “Residual powers” given to the Executive Council as the head of the body in Article 29(12) to seek the advice of the General Assembly for the formation of the Interim Management Committee.
“Various proposals have been volunteered and proffered, including allowing the SRC to be there without executives. But a majority of these proposals will end up creating the very thing the constitution seeks to avoid, which is the creation of a “governmental vacuum.” However, there is one proposal that rings true and it is the suggestion for the formation of an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to ferry the SRC through the periods until such a time when a new election will be organised,” he said.
“This committee when so constituted must be charged with the express and non-negotiable responsibility of conducting a new election in the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic year depending on the general situation in the country, unfailingly,” he noted.
Read the full letter below: