Our disqualification is unconstitutional; Dean cleared us on May 18 – Kwapong Hall JCR Presidential Aspirants

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    The team of Caleb Elorm Kadu and Samuel Ackom, presidential and vice presidential aspirants in the 2021 Alexander Adum Kwapong Hall Junior Common Room elections have described the invalidation of their candidature by the Dean of Students as unconstitutional.

    In an exclusive interview with sucessafrica.info, the two said that the Dean of Students approved their candidature in a letter to the Electoral Commission dated 18th May 2021 with reference number DS/AKH/C41.

    This letter was ostensibly to affirm that all aspirants of the election had met the CGPA requirement and were duely qualified to contest in the election.

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    It is on this basis that the two say the subsequent letter of Dean of Students dated 27th May 2021, in the form of a response to a petition presented by Andy Ackah on the ineligibility of some of the aspirants, declaring that Caleb Kadu and Maame Aba Dampare as unqualified to contest is strange and in contravention of the provision stated in the University of Ghana Students Representative Council Constitution — Chapter 6, Article 20 (1b) which states that

    “A student shall not be qualified for election to any executive office unless:

    He has attained a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 as at the time of filing his nomination”

    The two say that insofar as the Dean of Student Affairs confirmed they were eligible as of May 18 2021, it is unconstitutional to use another CGPA of a different time/date to disqualify a candidate, particularly after an earlier clearance at the time of nominations.

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