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Why Team Restoration Were Disqualified From the SRC Contest

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Snippets of information from sources close to the vetting committee have disclosed to choicism.com that Team Restoration were axed from the SRC/Local NUGS election 2014/2015 because of one reason;

It is also said that a team of students had petitioned the vetting committee challenging the eligibility of Ernest Opoku Nti (Restoration) for his alleged involvement in fraudulent activities which were investigated by a committee and the accused was found culpable.

Choicism.com has sighted the said petition and below is the full content of the said petition;

                                                                                                               C/O University of Cape Coast

                                                                                                                Cape Coast
                                                                  
                                                                                                                10th March, 2014

The Dean,
Students’ Affairs,
University of Cape Coast.
Dear Sir,

           PETITION AGAINST THE CANDIDATURE OF MR. OPOKU NTI ERNEST IN THE 2014 SRC ELECTIONS  

We the under listed students of the University of Cape Coast write to your high office to challenge the candidature of Mr. Opoku Nti Ernest, who has filed his bid to contest the 2014 SRC elections. It has been discovered that Mr. Opoku Nti Ernest, with index number ED/BSS/11/0026, was part of the students who engaged in some fraudulent activities against this noble institution. They were found to have used fake bank pay-in-slips to register during the 2012/2013 academic year.

Upon realizing this fraudulent activity, the management of the University immediately set up a committee in accordance with the statutes of the University of Cape Coast to investigate the issue and give appropriate recommendations for consideration by management.

Following the investigations conducted by the said committee, it was established that not only did Mr. Opoku Nti Ernest use the fake pay-in-slip to register, he also actually persuaded two other students of this University into this fraudulent act. These students are:
1.     Ms Bernice Kwakyewaa Marfo and
2.    Ms Kate Fenteng.

It is interesting that but for the vigilance of the University structures, a very huge amount of money due this University would have gone down the drain as a result of the fraudulent activity of Mr. Opoku Nti Ernest and his cohorts.

To our outmost dismay, the said student (Mr. Opoku Nti Ernest) has picked up the nomination form, seeking to be elected as the SRC president; the highest office of students’ governance of the same institution he and his accomplices sort to dupe. We wish to humbly draw your attention to the fact that this gentleman if he should get the nod;
1.    He will become the students’ representative on the governing council of the University, the highest decision making body.
2.    He is also going to be signatory to the SRC account.
3.    He will also engage in huge financial transactions on behalf of the students.
4.    He shall also be responsible for the management of the finances and other assets of the SRC, among other quite relevant roles required of the office.

Mr. Opoku Nti Ernest’s conduct was unbecoming of a leader and we are not only uncomfortable, we are very apprehensive in entrusting such a dignified high office and huge financial transactions in the hands of people with dubious traits.

We cannot afford to set a bad precedent for the future by glossing over such persons who demonstrate such unbecoming conduct to occupy public office in this reputable institution.  His conduct is not only unbecoming of leaders but it cast a monstrous slur on the image and integrity of the students as well as the University management.

Corruption in Ghana and Africa at large is largely due to the fact that we unfortunately have the likes of these people with questionable characters occupying the very influential office of governance. It is therefore incumbent of us noble students of UCC and citizens of mother Ghana, to assist in flushing out some of these undisciplined and potentially criminal minded individuals in order to allow trustworthy people to handle our affairs. We think that his conduct was unbecoming of an SRC president of a University with worldwide recognition like ours or any other public office.

 Article 10, clause2 (b) and (c) of both the SRC Constitution and the Students’ Handbook (Revised 2012), clearly states the qualifications for the position of the SRC president. It states that a candidate is qualified if:
 “He or she does not have any criminal record” and that “He or she should not have been rusticated or disciplined in any way or withdrawn by the University”.

It is important for us to state at this point that Mr. Opoku Nti Ernest and his other accomplices were found culpable of their offence, thereby asked to pay the fees in full with a penalty, and thereafter made to sign a bond of good conduct with the disciplinary committee.

We therefore humbly request that Mr. Opoku Nti Ernest be disqualified from contesting for the post of the SRC president of this reputable University on grounds that:

1.    He was FOUND CULPABLE by a duly constituted committee of the University for using FICTITIOUS PAY-IN-SLIP to register which constitutes a crime against this institution.

2.    He FRAUDULENTLY PERSUADED other students into the same criminal act.

3.    He has SIGNED A BOND to be of good behaviour with a Disciplinary Committee due to his involvement in a CRIMINAL CONDUCT against the very institution he is seeking this post.

4.    His candidature to become the SRC president is against the provisions of both the constitution of the SRC and the students’ handbook (Article 10.2 (b). &(C)), and therefore should be disqualified from contesting the election.

5.    He has engaged in a conduct that is HIGHLY UNBECOMING of the occupant of the SRC president’s office and therefore cannot be trusted with such high public office.

Attached to this letter is a list of concerned students who have committed themselves to protecting the image of the SRC and that of this University.

We anticipate your prompt intervention. Thank you.
                                                                                                                                           Yours faithfully,
…………………………….
                                                                                                                                         Philip Glover
                                                                                                                                           (Group Convener)
                                                                                                                                                                                         

Cc:
The Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Coast
The Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Coast
The Registrar, UCC
The Director of Finance, UCC
The Deputy Registrar (DAA), UCC
The Deputy Registrar (DPA), UCC
The Deputy Registrar (DHR), UCC
The Deputy Registrar (DLEGS), UCC
The Deputy Director of Finance, UCC
All Deans of Schools and Faculties, UCC
All Directors of Centres and Institutes, UCC
Chairman of the Vetting Committee, UCC
All Hall Masters, UCC
All Senior Hall Tutors, UCC
The SRC President, UCC
All Hall Presidents, UCC

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