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UCC Embroiled in Another Legal Tussle

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A writ has been filed at the Cape Coast High Court restraining the Ag SRC President of the University of Cape Coast, Francis Kwabena Arthur from continuing to hold himself as the SRC President.

The writ was filed by Philip Glover and Jerald K. Tamba, all students of the University of Cape Coast.

The defendants of the suit include the University of Cape Coast, the Dean of Students of the University and Francis Kwabena Arthur as first, second and third defendants respectively.

The statement of claim by the plaintiff included the following;

a.    A declaration that the continuous stay in office by the 3rd defendant as the Acting SRC President is in contravention of the SRC Constitution of the University of Cape Coast.

b.    A declaration that any appointments and functions carried out by the 3rd defendant acting as the SRC President after the expiration of the prescribed 21 days are null and void.

c.    An order restraining the 3rd defendant from acting as the Acting SRC President of the University.

d.    An order directed at the Dean of Students to swear into office the SRC Secretary as the Acting SRC President as prescribed by the SRC Constitution.

e.    Other just and equitable reliefs.

f.    Costs occasioned by this action.

The writ also explained that the Honourable Court would be moved by the lawyer for and on behalf of the Plaintiffs/Applicants herein praying for an Order of Interlocutory Injunction restraining the 3rd defendant from holding himself as the Acting SRC President of the University of Cape Coast pending the determination of the suit.

The Court is expected to be moved on Wednesday, February,11, 2015 at exactly 9:00am and choicism.com would keep you posted on this developing story.

Meanwhile, the writ has received a mixed reaction from students of the University of Cape Coast.

Speaking to choicism.com on condition of anonymity, a level 300 student expressed displeasure on the turn of events and vehemently opposed this decision.

Contrary, a student activist, Gideon Abotsi believed the decision to go to court was a demonstration of the exercise of democracy and hoped justice would be served.

It will be recalled that the university was in involved in a legal tussle with an aggrieved student who was disqualified from contesting the SRC Presidential election. This situation compelled the university authorities to appoint an interim SRC President pending the determination of the court.

Meanwhile, elections were held for other position that were not in contention whilst the Ag SRC President still acted at the SRC President.

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