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Iris Naa Amua Kwafo-Mensah, an MBA Public Health graduate student at the University of Ghana and her Vice, Evans Woode, a graduate student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have emerged winners of the Presidential slot at the just ended National Delegates Congress of the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) held at the University of Cape Coast.
She won with a vote of 314 representing 72 percent out of 432 total votes cast while her contender, Haruna Zaid, secured a vote of 108 representing 25 percent of the total votes.
Chairman of Electoral Commission (EC) of GRASAG, William Boye, announced this after the counting of the ballot in the presence of all the polling agents.
He said, as far as the elections is concerned, it was free and fair. He however advised anyone who disagrees with the results and wants to challenge it to channel their grievances through the appropriate quarters as per the constitution of GRASAG.
The rest of the aspirants who were elected unopposed are Nana Ama Judith Arhin -National Secretary, Patrick Ameyaw-Organizing Coordinator, Matilda Ohenewaa Ampadu- Gender Commissioner and Festus Otcherefe -Financial Controller.
The newly elected President attributed her victory to her own hard work, vigilance and efficiency. She claimed “I worked hard and very vigilant throughout the campaign and this made the delegates to accept my ideology”.
Iris Kwafo-Mensah further said, she would work assiduously with the local Presidents in the various Universities to change the face of GRASAG.
“I will make sure all local Presidents are on board during my reign and together change the face of GRASAG within our 25 years anniversary,” she stated.
Haruna Zaid, expressed his disappointment and disgust at the way and manner the election was conducted by the EC.
He attributed his disappointment to lack of credible register and rigging, which he claimed, if not curtailed, would tarnish the image of the association in the near future.
“We have a long way to go if this is how elections are going to be conducted by the internal EC, it would tarnish our image as intellectuals and the future leaders of this country as well,” he stated.
Zaid said he will continue to empower the local youth in the universities to be resolute and take the appropriate decisions and not allow politicians to misuse them for their own selfish gains.
“I will continue in my quest to empower the local youth to be resolute and avoid all political inflictions in the system and be bold enough to take the right decisions,” he added.
He also entreated the leadership of GRASAG to act in a way that would not jeopardize the integrity of the association and lower the standards, morals and values of its members.
The outgoing President of GRASAG, Kwame Bonah Osafo-Ampomah, debunked the allegations and claimed, the elections held by the EC was free and fair as it was organized according to the rules and laid down regulations as directed by both national and the local Secretariat.
He therefore urged the incoming executives to be vigilant, decisive and firm in their quest to deal with the members and that, they should make decisions which would propel the association and not to the benefit of individual students.
The 24th GRASAG National Delegates Congress brought together 16 Universities with over 400 graduate students across the country.
As part of the Congress, GRASAG donated items worth Ghc1500 to the Ankoful Psychiatric Hospital.
The items include washing powder, toiletries and pampers, 3 bags of royal Aroma rice, a gallon of frytol and 30 bags of satchet water, among others.
The outgoing National Gender Commissioner, Saidatu Lawal, who led the delegation said, it forms part of the civic responsibility of GRASAG to support the vulnerable and the needy in society.
“GRASAG, with the introduction of the care project, has taken the initiative to help the vulnerable and the less privilege in society, and as part of our Congress, we thought it wise to support the hospital through the outreach programmes line up,” she reiterated.
She hinted that the donations will would be extended to other vulnerable members in society like the physically challenged, prison inmates, children and others in society.
Gideon Yaw Saah Johnson, a ward nurse at the hospital, who received the items on behalf of the authorities expressed appreciation and gratitude to GRASAG for offering such support to the hospital as the hospital is undergoing crucial moments.
He urged other civil societies organizations and philanthropic bodies to come to their aid so as to minimize the hardship.
Ghananewsonline.com.gh gathered that the hospital is undergoing serious crisis in terms of food, logistics and medicine for the inmates. This has caused management of the hospital to adopt a cash and carry system to enable them purchase items and other stuffs as well as take good care of the patients.
Source: Eric Nii Aflah Sackey
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