UPSA Interim SRC C’ttee under pressure to organise crucial election

UPSA Interim SRC C’ttee under pressure to organise crucial election

The Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) is coming under increasing pressure to provide a clear timeline for the conduct of elections for the 2020/2021 Academic Year.

In a strongly-worded petition dated Tuesday and sighted by UPSANEWSROOM.com, the IMC has been asked to follow the examples of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Ghana by appointing an Interim Electoral Commission which will oversee the election of SRC executives.

“Already, other Interim Management Committees in sister institutions such as the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Ghana, Legon have taken steps leading to the ultimate election of SRC leaders through the appointment of Interim Electoral Commission, and the initiation of the necessary processes,” the Chief Petitioner, Salamatu Bawah said.

The SRC of the University of Professional Studies, Accra set up the Interim Management Committee as a stop-gap leadership measure after students of the school were unable to elect their council leaders due to the school closures spawned by the rapid spread of the Covid-19 on March 16, 2020.

But after nearly five months since tertiary schools were closed, the University of Professional Studies, Accra reopened last two weeks for the start of the 2020/2021 academic year.

Ms Bawah, a final year Business Administration student and her colleague petitioners namely Enoch Pobee, a final year Accounting student, Awaah Solomon Sunday, a third-year Business Administration student and Addai Badu Larbi Kwaku, a third-year Law student, are unhappy with the silence of the IMC on the SRC election.

“It has been near two weeks since school reopened for the 2020/2021 Academic Year. However, the Interim Management Committee (IMC) that was set up as a temporary leadership measure has not taken any positive steps to assure students that it is committed to getting the leaders of the Students’ Representative Council, the various hall executives and the General Assembly elected, to get things running,” the petition read.

The Petitioners are calling for the electioneering processes to start in earnest to provide enough time for proper planning and execution.

Read the full petition below:

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