The Electoral Commission of the Ghana Institute of Journalism Students’ Representative Council (GIJ-SRC EC) has disqualified three aspirants from contesting this year’s SRC election.
The three include Richmond Agyiri Hagan a Presidential hopeful, Kelvin Kofi Ansah who was running for Organizing Secretary and a Financial Secretary aspirant; Zainab Alhassan.
Hagan was disqualified for failing to satisfy a constitutional requirement. The GIJ –SRC EC, Emmanuel Kumah told Kuulpeeps.com that Hagan was disqualified because of Article 9 Clause 5e of its constitution that states that a person will be disqualified from holding SRC executive office if that person “has not settled at least 50 per cent of his financial obligations to GIJ for the semester of the elections.”
Ansah was also disqualified based on constitutional grounds. He was said have failed to get signatories form all GIJ classes. This, according to the EC, violated Article 9 clause 1b of its constitution that required that the nomination forms must be signed by one student from each class in GIJ.
However, Zainab was disqualified for performing poorly at vetting. Emmanuel Kumah said she failed to answer simple questions such as who the finance minister was and who the signatories to SRC account were. This, according to the EC, amounted to Zainab displaying “little knowledge of the office she was aspiring for and for.”
In total, 18 aspirants were able to pass the vetting which included six Presidential aspirants comprising of Sekyere Atuahene Kwasi, Jean-Philip Lawson, Nicholas Antwi, Yussi Mohammed Basit, Martin Thompson Ntem and Jonathan Adjei Mawutor.