Some students of the African University College of Communications are demanding immediate halt of the upcoming Student Representative Council elections slated for tomorrow 31st August 2021. In the view of the students, the Electoral Commission deliberately disqualified some aspirants to have their alleged preferred candidates go unopposed. The accusations come on the back of the Electoral Commission’s decision to disqualify three aspirants from the race.
The three aspirants Patience Hammond – Aspiring Women’s Commissioner, Akwasi Mfum – Aspiring External Affairs Officer and Alidu Mohammed Nasir-Deen – Aspiring Financial Secretary were disqualified by the Electoral Commission but without an explanation. The EC’s failure to provide reasons for the disqualification of the aspirants has sparked agitation amongst some students who are threatening a boycott of tomorrow’s elections.
Some students took to their social media handles demanding explanation over the disqualification of the three candidates whilst others too asked the student population to stay at home until the EC corrects the wrongs meted out to the aspirants.
In all of these AUCC electoral commission has remained tight lipped over the matter. Sources around at the office of the electoral commission says the commission will still go ahead and conduct the elections in spite of the concerns raises by some of the students
Meanwhile the three aspirants have petitioned the Chief Justice of the University to declare null and void the decision by the EC to disqualify them.