Opposing halls in University of Ghana clash over delay in declaration of SRC election results

There’s uneasy calm on the University of Ghana, Legon campus as residents of Commonwealth Hall and Mensah Sarbah hall pelt stones and broken bottles at each other following delays in announcing the winner in this year’s Students Representative Council (SRC) election.

Both groups of students massed up in front of the UG SRC office and chanted ‘Jana songs’ with only a few students forming a barrier between the two.

Eventually, the two groups clashed violently hurling missiles at each other.

In a video circulating on social media, sighted by MyJoyOnline.com, personnel from the Ghana Police Service could be seen at the scene trying to bring calmness.

The presidential election is being keenly contested between Prince Asumadu and Amos Ofosu, both third-year students and heavily backed by both the governing New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress.

The first round of the election returned no winner for the Presidential race between the two candidates.

The election was held partly in person and online due to the modular system of learning adopted by the University after the Covid-19 pandemic.

The results held on the various hall polling stations have been declared with provisional results showing Prince Asumadu and his running mate, Wisdom Ndukwe maintaining a healthy lead.

However, the online election where over 7,000 students voted has still not been declared, although the results from the online election will ultimately decide who will win the election.

There has been police reinforcement on campus to quell the violence.


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