General News of Mon, 26 Jan 20046
Eligibility Of NUGS President Challenged
A LAW student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi has filed a writ at the Accra High Court seeking a perpetual injunction to restrain Ken Abortsi from holding himself as the national president of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS).
The plaintiff, Harry Afrim Darko, is also seeking a declaration that Ken Abortsi was not eligible to stand for the office of national president of NUGS, according to Article 23 (1) of the NUGS Constitution.According to the writ of summons, the plaintiff is also seeking a declaration that the conduct of election for the office of national president of NUGS at the central committee meeting on December 29, 2003 was in contravention of the NUGS Constitution.
A statement of claim accompanying the writ said the incumbent president of NUGS died in a car accident in October 2003, thereby leaving the office of national president vacant.It said the Central Committee of NUGS was purported to have organised an election to fill the vacancy, which was purportedly won by Abortsi. It said that under the NUGS Constitution, all executive positions are expected to be elected at congress by popular vote.
According to the statement, the conduct of the Central Committee of the NUGS in organising the elections rather than the Congress of the NUGS was in conflict with Article 23 (4) of the NUGS Constitution.It said by virtue of Article 23 (1) of the NUGS Constitution, the NUGS president shall be elected from among full-time students of member institutions provided that a candidate would have completed at least a year’s study at their present institutions and have at least a year left to complete their courses of study.
It said Abortsi, who is in his final year, has only four months to complete his course of study adding that “this is far less than the mandatory constitutional period.” The statement said Abortsi was not eligible to stand as a candidate for the vacant office of president of NUGS pointing out that the election of Abortsi by the Central Committee of NUGS was in contravention of the constitution.
It said the continuous stay in office of Abortsi was in conflict with the provisions of the NUGS constitution as expressed in Article 23 (1).