GJA Elections: Bribery, Suspicions, Resignation Fuel Uncertainty

The media fraternity is in limbo following fresh suspicions clouding ongoing preparations towards election of new executives.

Stakes are high for both aspirants and accredited journalists ahead of the elections this Friday, June 24, 2022 and there are already allegations of bloated register, bribery among others compelling the Chairman of the Election Committee, Lawyer Osei Kwadwo Adow to resign with barely three days to the polls.

But the outgoing GJA President, Mr. Roland Affail Monney has in a quick response, rejected the resignation.

In his brief resignation letter, Lawyer Kwadjo Addo did not cite reasons except to say its personal but some media houses believe it is as a result of elections manipulation matters that have heightened tension.

But the outgoing GJA in its statement today said with three days to the D-day, it will be a disaster if his action again stalls the process.

The GJA Elections has been fraught with litigation over the past two years amidst speculations of some level of political interference.

According to the Constitution of the Association Article 15 clause (c): “All members of the National Executive shall hold office for a term of three (3) years and shall be eligible for re-election”.

As far back as 2017, pressure begun to mount on Mr Affail Monney and his executives to step aside and it took a Court ruling to compel the GJA to fix a date to replace them.

Eleven aspirants have balloted for four categories, Presidential, General Secretary, Public Affairs and General Secretary.

Three candidates are vying to become the next GJA President. They are David Agbenu, Editor with Ghanaian Times newspaper, who will appear on top of the ballot paper, Gayheart Mensah, a media consultant currently consulting for the Office of the Speaker of Parliament on the No.2 spot and Albert Kwabena Dwonfour of the the Atinka Media Village and incumbent organising secretary of the GJA.

Two contestants are for the position of General Secretary, Mr Kwesi Agyemang of the Multimedia Group and Mr Edmund Kofi Yeboah.

The incumbent Public Affairs Officer of the GJA, Mary Mensah is contesting Dominic Hlordzi of the GBC for the position.

The Swearing in of the National and Regional Executives will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2022, if the elections go on as scheduled.

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