All seven (7) candidates failed to secure a 50% +1 votes in the first round of voting held on Thursday, 21st April, 2016. For this reason, a second round of presidential polls is necessary to elect a president for the 2016/2017 academic year.
The expectations in today's run-off election are high and it promises to be an interesting one. It is however unpredictable in the sense that, Esinam won majority (6) of the 16 polling stations in the first round yet placed second to Emmanuel Adu Amofa who won at only five (5) polling stations. It is worthwhile to note that the margin between the two contenders are small and this is what makes unpredictable.
The outcome of today's election will depend on who is able to lure Allen Obeng Asare's supporters to his or her side since he also received significant amount of the votes in the first round and whoever gets his fans into their camp is likely to be victorious.
Another factor is the feminism factor which can play well in the favour of Esinam. Believe it or not, there are feminists on Legon campus. It's a reality that cannot be ignored in a crucial election like this one.
History tells us that, it worked in favour of Ms Louise Carol Serwaah Donkor in 2007 when she polled 60.5% of the votes to beat Mr. Christian Kwabena Ansah in the run-off election to become first female UG SRC President.
Of course, there were other factors that led to her unprecedented victory. For instance, she received overwhelming support from the Commonwealth hall students because her contender was affiliated to Mensah Sarbah hall, and Vandals will not endorse a Viking for SRC presidency. It was a big deal at the time and still is i guess.
Now that the results from the first round election point to the fact that the Vandals support Amofa, it means that Esinam has a lot of work at hand to do to get appreciable votes from the Vandal city.
Is it time again for another female student to lead the SRC of Ghana's premier University? We wait to see what happens at end of polls today.