Story by: Ishmael Barfi
In pursuit of ARTICLE 10.0 of the Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) Constitution, its Elections Committee at its 4th Sitting at the Secretariat of PRINPAG on Thursday, August 4, 2022 undertook the vetting of Aspirants vying for positions.
This exercise was in accordance with ARTICLE 10.0 which states inter-alia: 10.1 the Executive Committee of the Association (“The Executives”) shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Executive Secretary, Public & External Affairs Officer, National Organiser and Financial Secretary/Treasurer.
- The Executive Members shall be proposed, seconded and elected by members in good standing and shall be eligible to remain in office for a period of three (3) years renewable.
- The Executive Secretary shall be appointed by the Executive Committee on a four (4) year contract subject to renewal.
This was contained in Press Release issued and signed by the Chairman of the Elections Committee, Ben Assorow in Accra on Tuesday, 9th August, 2022.
According to the Release, “Again, on the Elections and the eligibility criteria, the PRINPAG Constitution states in ARTICLE 17.0 inter-alia: The Elections Committee is the highest elections body for all elections to positions in the Association.
- The Executive positions can only be contested for by members in good standing and who have been members of the Association for a period of not less than three (3) years.
- A member who wishes to stand for Elections must be nominated and seconded by two (2) other members in good standing.
Adding that, “Pursuant to the above the following members in good standing picked and filled their NOMINATION FORMS for the following positions:
CANDIDATES FOR THE POSITION OF PRESIDENT:
- EDWIN ARTHUR, of the New Independent (incumbent President)
- DAVID TAMAKLOE, of Whatsupnewsghana.com (incumbent Vice-President)
CANDIDATE FOR THE POSITION OF VICE-PRESIDENT:
- MIKE ANTWI ADJEI, of the Ghanaian Observer
CANDIDATE FOR THE POSITION OF NATIONAL ORGANISER:
- EMMANUEL OPARE-DJAN, of the Daily Democrat (incumbent National Organiser)
CANDIDATE FOR THE POSITION OF TREASURER:
- ELORM DESEWU, of the Economy Times
CANDIDATE FOR THE POSITION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS & EXTERNAL RELATIONS OFFICER:
- JEORGE WILSON KINGSON, of Ghananewsonline.com.gh
At the close of the VETTING process the Committee explained to Candidates going to polls unopposed that “there shall be a YES or NO votes. Candidates are required to obtain plus fifty percent (50%) votes before they can be declared eligible winners”.
Meanwhile, after the vetting process however, the 3-member Elections Committee by a unanimous decision disqualified MR. ELORM DESEWU who was vying for the position of Treasurer on technical grounds.