David Dannah Wins KNUST SRC Presidential Election--- The Rejected Stone Rises To Become The Cornerstone

Every year, an SRC President is elected to spearhead affairs of the student body for an upcoming academic year in every academic institution.

For this reason, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the second largest tertiary institution in Ghana went to the polls on Tuesday, 11th April, 2017 to exercise their franchise.

Voting was initially scheduled to start today from 10 am and end at 5pm. Voting started in some polling stations at the said time and at other stations the voting process didn’t start on time.

Students in queue to vote
Students in queue to vote
Heavy security presence on election day
Heavy security presence on election day

The voting process started out smoothly, free, fair and void of any mishappenings as security personnel and officials of the Electoral Commission were on their guard.

Shortly after Midday, the National Grid power supply was cut loose and as a result the voting process was hugely hampered to the extent some polling stations were forced to halt the voting till the lights were restored. Voting was delayed for more than 3 hours and as such, some polling stations who couldn’t wait for the lights to be restored by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and therefore had to resort to the standby power supply (Plant Generator). The school authorities helped in this process by allowing more shuttle buses to convey students from vantage points to polling stations and also be used for sweeping (a popular term used to refer to convincing and getting voters to vote in your favor).

A total of 16 aspirants were vying for various portfolios with 4 young guys, 3 gorgeous ladies, 2 ladies full of charisma and 3 gentlemen vying for the positions of SRC President, General Secretary, Women's Commissioner and Treasurer respectively.

The competition was keenly contested with the usual regulars; Unity and University Halls presenting their endorsed candidates Bruce Yeboah Gyampoh and Rashad Ahmed Napkan respectively. Republic Hall wasn’t left behind as they came in strongly rallying behind their own in the person of Master Christian Boakye Yiadom. Master David Dannah was the only presidential candidate without endorsement from any hall after his hall of affiliation endorsed Bruce Yeboah Gyampoh ahead of him.

The closing time for the polls was extended as a result of the power outage and also students at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital started their voting at 5pm.

At the end of a keenly contested election, Master David Dannah, the rejected stone has become the cornerstone as he emerged victorious with a massive 4,122 votes representing 34.66% of total valid vote cast. Master Bruce Yeboah Gyampoh came second with 2,981 votes representing 25.06 %, this was followed closely by Master Rashad Ahmed Napkan considered by many to be out of the race after a poor round of vetting surprisingly had 2,394 votes representing 20.13% of the total votes cast, Master Christian Boakye Yiadom popularly known as Chris-B completed the ballot with 2,325 votes representing 19.55%.

SRC President Elect, David Dannah
SRC President Elect, David Dannah

The position of the General Secretary was another tough one but at the end, Miss Isabella Sannette Agyekum won this portfolio with 4,758 representing 40.00%. Miss Bridget Bossman followed closely with 3,547 votes representing 29.82%. Miss Joyceline Osei Agyekum completed this category with 3,440 votes representing 28.92%.

SRC General Secretary Elect, Isabella Sannette Agyekum
SRC General Secretary Elect, Isabella Sannette Agyekum

Next is the women Commissioner portfolio, a category voted for by only ladies, saw Miss Ruth Anku Gbetanu (Ruth Extra) carried the day with 1,954 representing 50.66% and Miss Comfort Ampadu (Mama Konnita) made 1,831 votes representing 47.47%.

Women's Commissioner Elect, Ruth Anku Gbetanu
Women's Commissioner Elect, Ruth Anku Gbetanu

Master Andrew Aaron Kyeremeng, the only candidate without representation in the strong room is the SRC Treasurer elect with 4,296 votes representing 36.96% of the votes cast whilst Prince Nii Lamptey (Financial) and O.K Emmanuel came second and third respectively with 3,738 and 3,605 representing 31.74% and 30.31%.

SRC Treasurer Elect, Andrew Aaron Kyeremeng
SRC Treasurer Elect, Andrew Aaron Kyeremeng

These are Provisional results and becomes the final results if not challenged within 72hours.

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