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University of Ghana Interlocutory injunction placed on SRC election

Presidential aspirant, Joseph Agyekum, who is the plaintiff is said to have been disqualified for not meeting the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) requirement of 3.0 spelled out in the SRC constitution.

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The University of Ghana Student Representative Council Judicial Board has unanimously upheld an interlocutory injunction restraining its Electoral Commission from continuing with this year’s student election process.

Presidential aspirant, Joseph Agyekum, who is the plaintiff is said to have been disqualified for not meeting the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) requirement of 3.0, as stated in the SRC constitution.

But a member of his legal team, Kwame Twum, told Radio Univers’ Ackay Blay that his client had attained a CGPA of 3.0 as at the time of filing his nomination.

“…on a true and proper interpretation of Article 30 (1) (b) of the SRC constitution, the plaintiff is qualified to contest the 2016 UG SRC election,” he said.

The development led to a cancellation of a vetting scheduled at the SRC Union Building on Wednesday.

“…applicant has succeeded in satisfying the pertinent requirement for an application of this nature as enunciated in the American Cyananiel case; whether or not there is a serious issue to be tried. It follows therefore that the present ongoing vetting is temporarily halted,” the order of injunction read.

“I think by Friday, the court will rule. So as it stands, vetting has been suspended,” the Electoral Commissioner, Rexford Opare stated.

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Reports suggest that Joseph Agyekum had a CGPA of 3.0 as at the time of filling his nomination but subsequent grades have lowered it.

Since it was introduced, the 3.0 regulation has led to the death of several SRC presidential dreams.

Prior to its adoption, some students argued that the regulation was a recipe for disaster to student leadership as it will affect the competitiveness of elections.

But university authorities maintained that the regulation was to ensure that students with good academic standing contest for positions since the work load as a student leader has a high possibility of affecting one’s academics.

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