Great Zimbabwe University has declared the Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) as the victors of the recently-held Students Representative Council (SRC) elections.
On May 09, GZU held its first elections after the enactment of its new students’ constitution.
Zinasu clinched seven strategic posts including the presidency and the secretary general’s post but the outcome of the election was challenged by rival groupings that sought their nullification, arguing that they were marred by gross irregularities.
In responding to the petition that was brought before the Electoral Supervisory Committee (ESC) by the aggrieved camp, GZU Pro Vice Chancellor Andrew Chindanya released a statement saying the petitioners had failed to provide credible evidence for him to nullify the results.
“The petitioners have failed to place clear, sufficient, direct and credible evidence for me to nullify the results, the petitioners have not provided any proof.
“The petitions seeking the setting aside of elections of the members of the Executive Board of the Students’ Executive Council (EBSEC) held on May 9, 2019, are dismissed. The elections of the members of the EBSEC are hereby upheld. The winning candidates are hereby declared to have been declared duly elected,” reads part of the statement.
It has been established that the group of the aggrieved candidates had gone to an extent of forging signatures of some candidates on the petition in a bid to overturn the election results.
The candidates whose signatures were forged, however, later distanced themselves from the petition.
Takudzwa Ngadziore, who won the presidency, said Zinasu was thankful to the university for upholding the election results.
“We want to thank the administration for allowing the voice of the students that spoke on May 9 to be heard. We also want to thank them for upholding justice and constitutionalism,” said Ngadziore.
The May 9 election results marked the end of the Zimbabwe Congress of Students Union (Zicosu)’s long dominance of the Students Representative Council (SRC) at Great Zimbabwe University (GZU).