Not long ago, Campusradar reported on the controversies happening on the soil of Valley View University, Techiman campus, pertaining to the recent past election that took off on the 7th of April, 2019, which a dead lock was kept on the declaration of Presidential results by HON. EZEKIEL TETTEH. In our previous story, Campusradar reported that, after going through a long day of voting to elect leaders (SRC) for VALLEY VIEW UNIVERSITY, TECHIMAN CAMPUS, the EC could not declare the winner after voting due to some alleged irregularities during the election.
But now the information gathered shows that, finally the dead lock is broken, in addressing the issues, Hon. Ezekiel Tetteh and his team posted on social media via various WhatsApp platforms of the institution, declaring his decision to accept discomfit and to step down for the EC to declare HON. AKURUGU PAUL as the winner and the next SRC President of the University. This was what Hon. Ezekiel Tetteh posted at exactly 10:37pm which was Wednesday,
“Good morning fellow students, with a heartfelt decision, we would want to announce our resignation of aspiring for the SRC Presidency position which we were vying for. We certainly know that there were valid inconsistencies during the elections making the result invalid but we thereby opt to step down in other to maintain stability here In VVU -TC.
We want to take this opportunity and thank everyone who subscribed to our dreams. God bless VVU
Long live VVU-TC
Long live SRC
Diving more into the story, yesterday, at exactly 2:15pm the EC and her fraternity finally called for a General Assemble Meeting to announce finally thier verdict and also declare the winner for VVU-TC SRC general election. At the end of the meeting HON. AKURUGU PAUL and his Vice, HON. OWUSU THOMAS were declared the winners for the 2019/2020 academic year SRC Presidency. Below were the outcome of the Vetting and the General election results.
From the (SRC) Electoral Commission, the following are the vetting results of the various portfolios for the (SRC) General Election 2019/2020.
AKURUGU PAUL (MAIN)
Vetting result- 86%
Numbers of votes 188
TETTEH EZEKIEL (MAIN)
Vetting result – 77%
Number of votes 177
Vetting result – 79%
Number of Votes 320
KYEI BAFFOUR EMMANUEL
Vetting result – 70%
Number of votes 340
TAHIDU ISSIFU WIDUMAH
Vetting result – 71%
Number of votes 305
DEPUTY ORGANIZING SECRETARY
Vetting result – 61%
Number of 320
FOOD SERVICE OFFICER
ASARE GYAMBEA SARAH
Vetting result – 64%
Number of votes 332
ANIMA ABENA ABIGAIL
Vetting result – 63%
Number of votes 305
Vetting result – 61%
Number of votes 335
BOATENG KWADWO FRIMPONG
Vetting result – 63%
Number of vote ——–
MIS. SAAKA MARIAM
Vetting result – 71%
Number of votes 367
NOTE: THE PASS MARK IS 60%.
Just after the declaration we had the chance to talk to the EC in the person of Ms. Nnaah Bintu Alhassan about the election and she said;
Declaring of results
Reporter: We heard two of the candidates namely Hon. Lordfred Baffour who was aspiring for the organizing secretary and Hon. Akologo Pascal who was also aspiring for the public relation office (PRO) were dropped from the competition at the vetting level, can you please tell us what accounted for that?
EC: “The process was done with due diligence and we had competent and unbiased 21 members on the vetting committee, who worked assiduously to make sure the process was successfully done and the outcome was the true reflection of all the candidates performance, and if I must say, we had our pass mark which was 60%. In fact, it was very sad seeing two of the candidates dropping out of the competition after vetting them due to one or two lapses, but as I said, they felt below belt and had to be dropped and it was a collective decision by the committee”
Reporter: What were some of the challenges you accounted during and after, as far as this election is concern?
EC: “We faced challenges like, EC executives whispering to electorates to vote for their preferred candidates, Alleged, issuance of already thumb printed ballots, Alleged issuance of more than the required number of ballots to students. However, all the above were addressed as soon as I was noticed”.
Reporter: What contributed to the delay of declaration of results?
EC: “what actually caused the delay in declaration was that, there were issues we needed to clear in other to ensure peace and tranquility after declaration. It’s obvious that, when elections are conducted without declaration, then, it means there are issues. However, the aftermath of elections matters most than the elections itself. These were some of the things that delayed the declaration of the results. Thank you”.
After our interruption with the E.C, We also came in contact with one of the candidate who was disqualified at the vetting level by name HON. LORDFRED BAFFOUR and he said:
Reporter: How was the feeling like when you first heard about the result from the EC?
HON. BAFFOUR: As human, sometimes, things like this happens to us for us to learn from our mistake, just that sometimes we do learn that in the hard way, notwithstanding,
Reporter: Were you surprised?
HON. BAFFOUR: I was very much surprised when I saw the notice myself and for the first time, it was some of my friends who called to informed me about the outcome of the vetting, upon hearing that, I was very disappointed, because, I do not know where I went wrong, but at the end of the day I was disqualified anyway, but still gives thanks to God.
Reporter: Do you believe someone was behind your eviction?
HON. BAFFOUR: If I should answer you, I can’t best tell but whatever the case is, or whoever was behind that, to me, does not matter again because life still goes on, what I know is they can’t stop my shine.
Though the jubilation on the side of the elected President and his fraternity was very high, we still had the opportunity to talk to him and he said;
Reporter: finally, how do you feel after hearing the declaration?
Presidents elect “As you can see am so excited, in fact, it has not been easy, we have really come a long way, we have waited over 48 hours after voting just to declare results, because my opponent and his team felt like there were some IRREGULARITIES AND INCONSISTENCIES, which have never happened in the history of the university before, but as you can see we are finally here.
I (we) will like to take this privilege to say Glory and adoration bee unto the Highest, God, for calming any storm of misunderstanding and disunity. May His name be praised now and forever for making His will known to the good people of VVU-TC community especially the student body.
My next appreciation goes to all our supporters from all modes (Regular, Weekend, Distance and Access). I humbly thank them so much for the trust you had in us to vote us as the next generation of the SRC Executives. In a special way, I also want to thank all our campaign members’ for the effort you made towards our victory.
I (we) continue to thank all those who didn’t vote for us as well, for we don’t believe you voted against us but rather it was a nice and legal way for you to express your franchise or opinion in a different dimension.
I(we) believe that, the success of every government depends on both the supporters and those who express their views in different forms (opposes). As the supporters support the leader to lead the way, others criticize and make sure the way is straightened. As we know good governance is the resultant of the forces from the supporting team and the forces from the other side.
Our thanksgiving would be anemic without mentioning Hon. Ezekiel Tetteh and Hon. Kwaku Boakye-Yiadom. Brothers, thank you so much for adding positive meaning to democracy. You made the beauty of democracy clear and bright to the entire community and beyond. God bless you brothers and I and my team wishes you better luck next time.
Finally, we find it difficult to settle on the exact word to express our sincere gratitude to you all. All that we can say is GOD BLESS YOU ALL for your time spent to vote us to power”.
We also got closer to Hon. Ezekiel Tetteh, and these were his comments:
First of all, I will thank u for the opportunity given to me to air my view.
On the 7th of this month VVU-TC decided who to lead them. The E.C chair tried all her best to make it free and fair, but upon all that, there were some foul plays that made the election to me not successful. I say this to the fact that; Some ballot papers were already thumb-printed from the table of the E.C, Some voters were given more than one ballot paper to vote, Some portfolio ballot papers got finished even before we got the end of the election. Before and after election, E.C is known to be the neutral body but in our case some of the E.C members were not able to play this role and even went to the extra mile of given directions to voters on whom they should vote for.
The challenges where uncountable, and it consumed our precious time and finances, and the rules were not followed by some of the E.C members, my brother these where some of the few things I can say for now.
We decided to step down for the sake of peace. Stepping down does not necessary mean that I have accepted defeat. I stood down for him just to give way to maintain peace, if I had not stood down by now, who knows what would have happened? From the intel that I received, some of the school authorities are supporting him to make him the President if I like it or not, some lecturers were attacking (verbally) students who they believe were on our side. And among students too, there were issues rising up that if care is not taking something else might happen. So stepping down is basically for peace and nothing more.
My brother, my opponent cannot bribe me because he doesn’t have what it takes. My integrity is not for sale and he knows that. I stand for what is right and that is what I am known for.
I wish him well in everything that he will do but I pray for him to have the spirit of leadership.
By: EMMANUEL GIDEON MAWUTOR.
Wa Campus Elect SRC Executives
The best way to make students prepared for corporate relations is to participate in the selection of their leaders; those who would take on the responsibility of spreading knowledge through inspiration, tutoring, campaigns etc. The diffuse and highly personalised character of the mass support that such leaders obtain insulates them from public pressures once in office and this frees them to act responsibly in the public interest.
Winning elections is the principal imperative, the main source of power and the key test of leadership. Student leaders must cope with this electoral imperative and accept that their success depends vitally on winning votes.
From the office of the Electoral Commissioner of UDS Wa – Campus, the following are the final results of the just ended SRC/NUGS elections;
Total Votes cast = 3,288
For the SRC Presidency
152 (46.23%) chose NYASS MAHAMA as their favorite and ABLEDU BRIGHT SAKYI had 1744 making 53.04% of the casted votes.
12 abstained, and 12 couldn’t complete the processes.
That of the Women’s Commissioner had an injunction placed on the results.
Congratulations to ABLEDU BRIGHT SAKYI and HAMZA UMAR; who are now the SRC and the NUGS Presidents elect respectively.
Team Boansi Wins Fresher’s Debate-UDS.
The UDS SRC DEBATE AND LITERARY SOCIETY of Navrongo campus organized its annual Fresher’s debate competition. This is an annual event used to usher these freshmen into the world of British Parliamentary Debate and Public Speaking. The audience were awed for they got more than what they expected. These young debaters challenged themselves, portrayed a sense of teamwork coupled with the art of debate and public speaking.
Ing. Maxwell Gyampo chaired the occassion with Hon. Kwame Jnr. Essumang, the president of the club as his co-chair. There were five teams in all and they were named after some senior officers of the institution;
Team Luguterah made up of Mr. Nuru Ahmed Mohammed and Miss Annan Deborah was named after the Principal of UDS Navrongo Campus.
Team Sackey consisted of Miss Bagni Tampuri Edith and Mr. Sa-ad Sufyan Bala and was named after the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
Team Gala, named after the Dean of Students was made up of Mr. Atinga Nsobila Joel and Miss Bagonluri Wendy.
Team Boansi named after the Vice Dean of Students consisted of Miss Adulum Hafsha Ismail and Mr. Nuoseg Philemon and finally Team Gyampo made up of Miss Atindaana Lillian and Miss Ali Hanifa was named after the Former Vice Dean of Students who is currently the patron of the society.
At the first round four teams debated whiles the spectators cheered on not only because of the splendid performances by the competitors but also to motivate and ginger them to give off their best.
After the first round, Team Gyampo was knocked out of the competition.The other four teams progressed to the finals. The contest became tougher and tougher for all teams were determined and prepared to be crowned as the gold medalists.
After series of arguments and counter arguments, POI’s and speeches amongst the finalists the time was due for the winners to be crowned.
Some contestants were mopping the tons of perspiration on their brow, others were brimming with excitement while others had anxiety written all over their faces while awaiting the results.
At the end of the day, Team Sackey became third, Team Luguterah- second and Team Boansi first.
The competition took an exciting turn when nine out of the ten contestants engaged in spoken word. The audience were marveled for the competitors were challenged to prepare their spoken word in a minute after they were given the topic.
This turn of the competition saw the combination of carefully arranged punch lines, drama and vast knowledge put to good use by these young talents all in a minute.Miss Serwaa Danquah Rowena carried the day as the gold medalist of the spoken word competition, Mr. Nuru Ahmed as the silver medalist and Miss Adulum Hafsha Ismail as the bronze medalist. These competitors put up a splendid performance as they talked about “music”, “words are powerful” and “mathematics” respectively.
Speaking to the President of the society, he said gradually the sport of debate and spoken word was finding it’s way into the hearts of students in the institution. He added that more time and resources need to be pushed into the sport to make it more attractive to the students. Lastly, he said with the National Ghana Universities Debate Championship and World Universities Debate Championship ahead, the society needs a professional trainer to handle the training sessions and surely with the vast number of talents in spoken word and debating, the institution will surely clock some laurels.
By: Adulum Hafsha Ismail
Central SRC Administration unable to organize SRC week celebration.
Every SRC administration is tasked by the UDS SRC constitution in article 42 clause 2.e to give students a week of fun-filled activities and for this, students pay ‘huge’ sums of money as SRC dues. However, this year is going be an exception for UDS Navorongo Campus as the SRC Entertainment Committee has kept quiet on the issue for so long.
On February 8 this year, during the “Time with presidency” program, His Excellency, Kofi Abotsi, the Central SRC president made a statement about the possibility of not being able to organize the SRC Week Celebration due to limited funds. These most students believe is a result of the funds being pushed into revamping the SRC Shuttle and Radio FAS among others. Per contra, the Entertainment Committee held a press release to address the statement of the SRC President.
During this press release, the ENTERCOM urged the student populace to disregard the statement made by the SRC president, and that plans were underway and far advanced to bring forth an ecstatic and exhilarating week-long of fun, education and abundant entertainment.
In trying to live by their words, the ENTERCOM presented to GA a budget of about GH120,000 for the SRC week which was however rejected and asked to bring another budget as to what happened to that we can’t tell but from insider sources, the Entercom proposed their resignation instead but since nothing happened to that we believe it was mere threat.
Ever since, the ENTERCOM hasn’t made any statements concerning the SRC Week Celebration whether it will celebrated as planned or not.
This is by far the first, in the history of UDS that a Central SRC Administration is unable to organize SRC Week Celebration. Students apparently are not happy with the developments to the point where they openly started saying “No SRC Week Celebration, No Vote” but the elections was held yesterday and they came out to vote in their numbers.
Undoubtedly, this administration is the will go down is history as a disappointing Central SRC UDS Navrongo would ever have even though some people might have different opinions.
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