By: Kofi Okyere
The Kumasi High Court, on Monday, November 4, dismissed an election petition filed by Mr Andy Berimah, a contestant in the Kumasi Technical University SRC presidential election, that prayed the court to declare the results of the election null and void.
The judgement was delivered by Justice Charles Adjei Wilson.
In his petition, Mr Berimah, who lost the election, claimed that the eventual winner, Mr Frank Wereko Brobbey, did not qualify to stand for the election as per the regulations of the university.
According to him, the election guidelines required that all candidates to have Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) of 3.00 and claimed that Mr Brobbey's CGPA was less than 3.00.
Again, he alleged that the developer of the software used for the election connived with the Electoral Commission to manipulate the election in favour of Mr Brobbey.
However, in his ruling, Justice Wilson stated that the irregularities caused by a mechanical failure lacked any fraudulent intent.
“...voting device malfunctioning, short of the argument that the device might have been tampered with and errors and irregularities alleged in the petition, are inevitable,” the judge said.
He said all the petition sought to do was to “place an impediment in the way of the 3rd respondent, thereby causing irreparable harm to his electoral ambitions."
“An election, unless it is shown that the result is contrary to the will of the electorates should not be disturbed” he stated.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that tension was brewing at the university, following disagreements between students and the SRC over the results of the elections held on campus.
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