Unresolved Disputes GJA election postponed indefinitely

A statement signed by the Chairman of GJA's Elections Adjudication Committee (EDAC), Ben B. Assorow, said the decision follows petitions appealing against some of the presidential nominees.

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The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), has postponed indefinitely its upcoming election scheduled for March 31, 2017, following some unresolved disputes.

A statement signed by the Chairman of GJA's Elections Adjudication Committee (EDAC), Ben B. Assorow, said the decision follows petitions appealing against some of the presidential nominees.

“In view of the appeals/petitions that have come before the GJA 2017 Elections Adjudication Committee (EDAC) and pursuant to Article 53 (v) of the GJA Constitution of 2004, the Elections Committee has postponed the elections scheduled for 31st March 2017,” the statement said.

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“This follows the inability of EDAC to meet the requirements imposed on it per Article 53 (iv) which requires the Committee to 'consider the appeal and announce its decision to the parties involved with a copy to the National Executive not more than four working days after receiving the appeal.'

“Article 53 (v) states: 'In any situation where strict adherence to the time for lodging an objection, or an appeal may cause manifest injustice, the Elections Committee may postpone the election until the dispute has been finally resolved,” the statement added.

A new date for the election will be communicated as soon as EDAC completes its work, the statement said.

Meanwhile, some journalists have sent a petition challenging the authority of the GJA led by Affail Monney to organize the election.

The journalists argue that the mandate of Mr Monney and his executives have since March 2016 expired.

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