NUGS pushes for vote transfer centres on university campuses

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has requested the Electoral Commission of Ghana to establish vote transfer centres in tertiary institutions to enable students to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

In a letter to the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Madam Jean Mensa, NUGS noted that many students are currently studying in various institutions across the country, far from their hometowns, and will be unable to vote in their designated constituencies due to educational pursuits.

“We believe it is essential to ensure that these students can exercise their constitutional right to vote as enshrined in the 1992 constitution of Ghana… Article 42 which states that ‘Every citizen of Ghana of eighteen years or above who is of sound mind has the right to vote’,” the letter stated.

NUGS also cited Articles 45 and 46 of the constitution, which state that a voter shall vote at the polling station where they are registered and that the Electoral Commission shall make regulations for the transfer of votes.

Read the full statement below

NATIONAL UNION OF GHANA STUDENTS (NUGS) UNION NATIONALE DES ÉTUDIANTS DU GHANA

Our Ref… NUGS/ADMIN/JUNE/003

Your Ref:…

The Chairperson,

Electoral Commission of Ghana,

Accra-Ghana.

Dear Commissioner,

+233(0)54 3169495/+233(0)55 723 5467

“Education, A Right Not a Privilege”

Wednesday, 5th June, 2024

REQUEST FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF VOTE TRANSFER CENTRES IN TERTIARY

INSTITUTIONS

UGS

I hope this message finds you well. We, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), write to respectfully request that the Electoral Commission of Ghana establishes centers on the various University campuses for our members who are registered voters but will be unable to vote in their designated constituencies due to educational pursuits.

National Union of Ghana Students is the official representative body for all Ghanaian students, from basic to postgraduate level, both locally and internationally, NUGS is made up of six blocks, representing over 12.5 million students. Our primary goal is to advocate for the welfare and interests of Ghanaian students, while actively working with relevant stakeholders to promote quality and accessible education, regardless of ethnic, social, or religious consideration.

As you may be aware, many of our members are currently studying in various institutions across the country, far from their hometowns. Many students during this period are writing their mid-semester exams, final year students are also on the field heavily conducting researches for their final project works, the financial burden on students to commute between their former place of voting and current campuses is also a huge problem considering the economic situation in the country. We stand with students in all their plights and we know how inconvenient it will be for them.

We believe it is essential to ensure that these students can exercise their constitutional right to vote as enshrined

in the 1992 constitution of Ghana: ATION, A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILE

Article 42 which states that “Every citizen of Ghana of eighteen years or above who is of sound mind has the right to vote”.

“A person shall be registered as a voter if they are a citizen of Ghana and are of eighteen years or above” according to Article 43 of the 1992 constitution.

We kindly request that the Electoral Commission takes the necessary steps to enable the limited transfer of votes for our members, in accordance with the following constitutional requirements:

University of Ghana,

Accra City Campus, Old Block, 3rd Floor

  1. O. Box LG 1237, Legon-Accra

nugs.org.gh Secretariat@nugs.org.gh

Article 45 which states that “A voter shall vote at the polling station where they are registered” and Article 46 which states that “The Electoral Commission shall make regulations for the transfer of votes.”

We believe that this will ensure that our members are not disenfranchised and can fully participate in the democratic process come December, 2024,

All correspondence regarding this request should be made via; E-mail: Secretariat@nugs.org.gh or call +233 54 316 9495/+233 24 161 5737.

Thank you.

 

 

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