The Graduate School of the Ghana Institute of Journalism nearly witnessed a state of confusion on Friday as the current GRASAG Executives were asked by the School’s management to call off its election citing irresponsibility on their part.
The election, according to the Institute’s management was not communicated to the appropriate authorities, and also a candidate vying for the Presidential position; Martin Thompson Ntem (MTN) has not fulfilled its financial obligations to the school hence the decision.
In a sharp rebuttal, however, the current GRASAG President of GIJ, Isaac Kwesi Manu explained that the conditions required to contest for an executive position does not in any way state that a candidate must have fulfilled the 70% part payment of school fees according to their constitution, hence the decision to allow the said candidate pass through the vetting process and become eligible for the elections.
According to our checks as at 4pm on Friday, out of the three presidential candidates two; Martin Thompson Ntem and Lea Karikari have paid 70% of their fees, while Larry Botchway was said to have been on Scholarship and so was yet to pay.
Responding to the issue of no correspondence between the Graduate School’s Election Committee and the Institute’s management, he made it known that his outfit was as at Friday, giving every information to the Graduate School Secretariat and that whatever they were going to do was known to them.
Speaking to some aggrieved students, they faulted the management for their interference in the electoral process.
They also added that if it wasn’t a political mafia, the management would have disqualified the individual long ago and not when the candidate has been vetted and passed to run his campaign.
They also said many students including some other aspirants have indeed not registered but management decided to target a particular candidate.
Mr. Manu is however hopeful that all these issues would be resolved by the following week so that the Graduate School can have a functioning executive body to steer its affairs.