GJA Executives Run Away From Expired Tenure As Angry Members Smell A Rat

Mr Roland Mr Roland

The nation's umbrella body for journalists, the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), is under fire as its members are accusing the current national and regional executives of operating illegally.

Disgruntled members of the association are unhappy that leadership of the association, has failed to organise fresh elections after the tenure of the current crop of leaders expired in November, 2020.

A press release signed last year by the General Secretary of the association, Mr Kofi Yeboah, stated that the association would be holding its general elections on the 3rd of November, 2020.

But three months since the expiry of their tenure, the executives of the association, are still holding on to power.

Members of the association are confused as to what is holding the current executives from holding the polls. Many are fuming as they accuse the leadership of 'illegally' holding themselves up as elected officials.

The release at the time also named one Mr Osei Kwadwo, a private legal practitioner and lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), as a chair of a three-member elections committee tasked to conduct the elections.

In a telephone interview with this paper, Mr Yeboah (the GJA General Secretary) appeared to be running away from his own statement as he stated that "Nobody scheduled a date last year for fresh elections".

He, however, assured that fresh elections would be held before the end of the first quarter.

Not only are the current executives accused of holding on to office upon the expiration of their tenure, but most of the executives are also being accused of using the association to achieve their insular interests.

Names of several members of the association are currently missing on a recently published list of members, despite the fact that the missing names are members in good standing eligible for the long-overdue general elections.

The controversial list was published in the Daily Graphic Newspaper within the second week of February, 2021.

Many have said that the omissions in the list are part of a grand ploy to disenfranchise some members,in order to give some favourite candidates an undeserved upper hand over their competitors at the long-delayed general elections.

Source: Haruna Sumaila Abugri.