The Elections Committee of the Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) has set tomorrow, August 12, 2022, as the day to hold its national election to elect new executives for the Association.
A statement issued and signed by the Chair of PRINPAG Elections Committee, Mr Ben Assorow, said the polls are in accordance with Article 17.0 of the Association’s constitution.
“Pursuant to Article 17.0 of the Constitution of the Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG), the Association goes to the polls on Friday, August 12, 2022 to elect Executives to run the affairs of the Association for the next three (3) years,” portions of statement said.
In this regard, the Elections Committee appealed to members who are eligible voters to abide by laid down procedures.
“All Media Houses shall send the name(s) of their representative(s) (voters) to the PRINPAG Secretariat through WhatsApp or text message. (Contacts: 0249 965 470/ 0244 274 186/ 0244 664 556). These representatives on voting day must come to the Voting Centre (the PRINPAG Secretariat) with any form of ID Card.
“Members in the regions, outside Greater Accra, shall vote by proxy through their Agent(s) or Assign(s). All Candidates especially the Presidential Candidates, shall furnish the Elections Committee with the name(s) of their agent(s) or observer(s),” the statement outlined.
The statement announced that voting period begins from 9:00am – 3:00pm, whilst counting and declaration of results starts at 3:00pm – 5:00pm.
Undertaking the vetting of aspirants on Thursday August 4, PRINPAG said it was in pursuit of Article 10.0 of the Association’s Constitution.
“The Article states that the Executive Committee of the Association (“The Executives”) shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Executive Secretary, Public and External Affairs Officer, National Organiser and Financial Secretary/Treasurer,” a directive issued had said.
Explaining the qualification process, the statement said the Executive Members shall be proposed, seconded and elected by members in good standing and shall be eligible to remain in office for a period of three years’ renewable.
The statement added that the Executive Secretary shall be appointed by the Executive Committee on a four-year contract, subject to renewal. It said pursuant to the above, six members in good standing picked and filled their nomination forms to contest the five positions.
They are Mr Edwin Arthur, of the New Independent and incumbent President, and Mr David Tamakloe, of Whatsupnewsghana.com and incumbent Vice-President, contesting for the President; Mr Mike Antwi Adjei, the Ghanaian Observer, for the Vice-President position, and Mr Emmanuel Opare-Djan, Daily Democrat and incumbent National Organiser, going unopposed. Mr Jeorge Wilson Kingson, of Ghananewsonline.com.gh, is contesting the Public Affairs and External Relations Officer position unopposed.
The statement said the 3-member Elections Committee, by a unanimous decision, disqualified Mr Elorm Desewu, who was vying for the position of Treasurer on technical grounds.
“At the close of the vetting process, the committee explained to candidates going to polls unopposed that there shall be a YES or NO votes. Candidates are required to obtain plus fifty percent (50%) votes before they can be declared eligible winners,” it added.