Mr. Albert K. Amonoo, Vice President, Administration and Development, has challenged students vying for seats in Regent-Ghana’s students’ Parliament to hit the campaign trail with a clean conscience to sell their manifestoes.
He said those aspiring for leadership positions must be above blame in all spheres of student life; avoid mudslinging, rancour and vilifications in their campaigns.
Mr. Amonoo was speaking to a group of Parliamentary contestants and their supporters at the City Campus on Thursday, March 29, 2012, about claims that management was actively or clandestinely rooting for one or two contestants in the coming elections.
Disabusing their minds about the rumours, which he described as “unfounded allegations,” Mr. Amonoo said that while management is interested in who emerge as leaders of the students, insofar as management must relate with them on academic and students’ issues, its only interest in the elections is in an oversight one which ensures that the elections are organised decently and fairly.
The Vice President was not enthused about derogatory postings by some of the contestants on facebook and reminded them of their matriculating oath which, among others, requires them to keep their total being “from all immoral acts and habits whether on or off campus.”
He noted that management expects them to be good citizens and of good behaviour and as such was not surprised when the outgoing Students’ Representative Council was recognised by Waves International as the best tertiary SRC in Ghana for the year 2011.
He urged the students to consider the opportunity to stand elective positions on campus as a foretaste of the democratic process and an privilege to get prepared for future elective positions.
Talking about accountability, Mr. Amonoo urged all contesting elective positions to ensure full payment of their fees as proof of their financial integrity.
He challenged the electoral commission to work assiduously to ensure that only the people’s choice are elected as leaders.
Present at the meeting were Rev. Nyarko Mensah, Dean of Students, and Mr. Victor C. T. Ofinam-Antwi, Communications Manager.