Missing Names Controversy Hits GJA Elections. 

GJA President,  Affail Monney GJA President, Affail Monney

With few days away for an election said to be overdue, the old age sin of missing names of membership that has always engulf elections of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), appears to be deliberately rearing its ugly head.

There are widespread concerns of names of members said to be mysteriously uncaptured ahead of the yet-to-be scheduled elections.

Members of the association, have express disappointment over the poor and lackadaisical posture of national executives in addressing the canker.

Accused of over staying in office, the national hierarchy of the inky fraternity, appears to be caught in what disgruntled members described as not just abysmal electioneering preparation, but a deliberate ploy to frustrate members perceived to be in the bad books of national leadership.

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.

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.

Interestingly, names of members in the various regions are consciously omitted thus raising eyebrows over the credibility of the names as having being produced with a bad intention to favour some candidates against others. This means that until the controversy is corrected and the missing names traced, the affected persons will be denied their voting rights. Anger is said to be mountaineering as affected members insist they will stop to nothing until what they described as injustice is corrected.

Meanwhile, a text message sent to the General secretary of the association over the mater went unanswered as of the time of filing this report.

Source: Haruna Sumaila Abugri