The Student Representative Council of the University of Ghana is most likely to be without a President next academic year as all Student Representative aspirants have been disqualified from the race in the exception of one candidate, who is set to historically run for the high office unopposed if he sails through the tough drills of vetting.
Following a recent regulation of the University that stipulates that aspirants vying for any leadership position in the SRC must obtain a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or better, the fires of many zealous and passionate aspirants has been immediately quenched as they do not meet the academic requirement to contest in the elections.
In the run up to the University of Ghana’s SRC elections which comes off on March 26, 5 candidates filled for nominations to contest for presidency, out of which only one was cleared to proceed while the others were cut out because they did not meet the stipulated grade point.
According to the constitution of the Student Representative Council, an aspirant can be disqualified if;
i. He or she is indited in a committee report
ii. He or she has in the past been removed from an office or post
iii. He or she does not meet the required 3.0 CGPA
Per the records accessed by 233 Live News, the first two conditions; i and ii had not been an issue for presidential aspirants in the current SRC race, rather the third; meeting the 3.0 CGPA requirement.
Since its introduction some years ago, the 3.0 regulation had led to the death of several Student Representation Council presidential dreams. Some prominent student leaders who spoke against the regulation prior to its adoption cried it may result in apathy and subsequent loss of interest by students in contesting for the high office.
Former SRC President, John Mark who fought unsuccessfully against the regulation said it was a recipe for disaster to student leadership on campus.
Students of the University have raised fears the electoral process will be negatively affected and go a long way to jeopardize the competitiveness of upcoming election.
For the upcoming election, students will have to cast a ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ vote to validate or otherwise the Presidency of the only aspirant. In case he fails to pull majority to his side, the position will remain vacant till the secretary and treasurer come together to choose from amongst them an acting President who will hold the position till an election is held soon after to elect a new President.