One out of the five presidential teams in the just ended Students’ Representative Council (SRC) election at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Team Decider has submitted a petition to the Dean of students’ office requesting for a re-run of the election among others.
Presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Yahaya Abdul Karimu and Theodora Donkor popularly known as Team Decider are seeking a declaration that the electronic voting system used for the 2021/2022 SRC elections is not transparent and that the system and its outcome should be declared null, void, and of no effect.
Lead petitioner Yahaya Abdul Karimu, a level 300 law student of the University and an affiliate of Casely Hayford Hall wants a forensic audit into the electronic voting system to ascertain the veracity of the votes purported to have accrued by each candidate.
In a three-page document, Mr. Karimu alleged that some eligible students, including his supporters, were denied access to vote because the electronic voting verification system indicated that they had voted already.
He argued that some duly registered and eligible students were not allowed to vote because their names were not found in the electronic voting verification system.
“That election software was not demonstrated or tested by the electoral commission to the aspirants, contrary to notice published earlier, for aspirants to know how votes are transmitted and how votes cast in favour of each aspirant truly go to them,” part of the election petition reads
Presidential candidate Yahaya Abdul Karimu further cited the dean of students, Dr Eugene Darteh for bias and suppressive actions the latter has allegedly taken on the election day that violate the rules of engagement.
“That the action of the Dean of Students, the appointing officer of the electoral commission pursuant to Article 58(D)(I) of the 2020 Students’ Handbook, to cause the seizure of a bus which was freely picking students in the name of Team Decider on grounds that the University has transport system is unfair, bias and suppressive.”
“That the action of the Dean of Students, the Chief consulting officer in the declaration of results pursuant to Article 58(D)(II)(iv) of the 2020 Students Handbook, to allow the SRC Presidential aspirant (Team SK) who was eventually purported to have been declared the winner of the SRC elections, to organize shuttle buses which displayed his banners and stickers to transport students on the day of elections is unfair and bias and a breach of the rules of engagement,” Yahaya Abdul Karimu alleged in the petition.
Article 19 (2) of the University of Cape Coast SRC constitution empowers any aggrieved party in an election to petition the dean of students within forty-eight hours after the declaration of the results of SRC elections.
Per the clause, the dean will then constitute a Committee of Enquiry comprising three (3) senior members and three (3) junior members to look into all grievances and report to the Dean within 72 hours for a decision.
The petition was submitted to the office of the dean of students on Monday, September 6, 2021.
Yahaya Abdul Karimu’s petition comes at the backdrop of the declaration of the 2021/2022 SRC elections official results by the Electoral Commission.