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SRC/Local NUGS Elections in Limbo as Court Adjourns to April, 1.

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Aspirants for various SRC and Local NUGS positions may have to wait a little longer as a case of Interlocutory Injunction pending at the Cape Coast High Court which is seeking to restrain the election has been adjourned to Wednesday, April, 1, 2015.

The interlocutory injunction sought to restrain the elections until a clear constitution for SRC was spelt out.

However, the Court presided over by Justice Dapaah on Friday, March 27, adjourned hearing of the interlocutory injunction to April, 1, 2015.

The Judge however cautioned that all activities that would impede evidences and the smooth adjudication of the matter must be put on hold until the court determines the case.

By this, the SRC/Local NUGS elections that were scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, may have to put on hold until the court decides otherwise.

It would be recalled that a writ was filed by Philip Glover and Jerald K. Tamba, all students of the University of Cape Coast in this respect and the defendants of the suit included the University of Cape Coast, the Dean of Students of the university and Francis Kwabena Arthur as first, second and third defendants.

The writ among other things was praying for an Order of Interlocutory Injunction restraining the Ag SRC president from holding himself as the Acting SRC President of the University of Cape Coast pending the determination of the suit.
 

The writ argued that the SRC constitution was explicit that an Acting president had a mandatory 21 days after which his or her mandate expired and therefore the SRC Secretary should be sworn in as acting president.

But Lawyers for the1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants have argued that the SRC had a different working constitution far from the one being cited by Counsel for the plaintiffs. The court is yet to determine this matter.

It also be recalled that a case of contempt was also filed against the Ag president on grounds that he contnued to be signatory to SRC account, he organized General Assembly meeting and finally, he also launched SRC Week Celebration after he had been served with an interlocutory injunction.

Lawyer for the plaintiff, Kwame Owiredu argued that the Ag President was not supposed to function or carry himself as the Ag SRC President since his legitimacy was in contention and therefore Ag President disrespected the court by continuing to carry himself as the SRC President.

Per the wisdom of the court, he argued, once a writ was filed in respect of his position, he ceased to be recognized by law as the legitimate president until the court decided otherwise.
 

Meanwhile, the university, having failed to file an appearance in respect of the interlocutory injunction filed an appearance in court on Friday, March, 27.

This action attracted the fury of the Judge and he subsequently slapped a fine GH600 on the university for filing a late appearance.

However remain adjourned until Wednesday, April, 1, 2015.

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