Electoral Commissioner of Ghana Institute of Journalism Student Representative Council (GIJ SRC) elections, Selasi Mensah, has disclosed that his team ‘has a strong case’ and is confident to receive a favorable verdict from the Appeals Board.
His comment comes at the back of a petition before the Board of Appeal seeking an injunction on the election; after the Electoral Commission disregarded the Judicial Committee’s order to allow disqualified aspirants to contest in the election.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive, the EC of the GIJ-SRC Selasi Mensah explained that the verdict delivered by the Judicial Committee did not reveal that the actions of the EC were unconstitutional. Hence, their (EC) decision to go ahead with the election without the “disqualified” three Presidential Aspirants – Abdullai Saaka, Albert Konadu, and David Nana Appiah together with Organizing Secretary Aspirant Geraldo Daniel.
“We felt that what the Judicial Committee said in the final judgment didn’t state that we did was unconstitutional. If you had read the final judgment of the Judicial Committee, whatever we did was constitutionally right. So why then did they ask us to overturn our decision? That is the question we want to put to the Judicial Committee. So we wrote to them that this is what our decision is. And we are not disrespecting them. If they agree that we didn’t do anything unconstitutional, then we are not disrespecting them.”
Selasi Mensah added that he believes the Electoral Commission had a strong case, thus no need to halt the electoral process while they wait for the final verdict from the Appeal Board.
“We have a strong case and we know that we will get through with it. However, we are still continuing the process. Until whatever comes out from the appeal, we are still going to continue with our process.”
In response to allegations of the EC pushing the interests of some aspirants, Selasi Mensah stated that the EC did not immediately react to the rumors because “there is no need to clarify what is not true”.
“We are doing our work, and as such, there will always be people who have different perceptions and opinions. We are going to continue engaging the candidates and doing our work. At every point, we are going to make sure that whatever decision we make, we engage them in it. SO their thoughts and perceptions are up to them. We can’t be addressing every little issue like that. Why do we have to clarify something which is not true?”
The Board of Appeal will meet on Thursday, September 30 2021 to consider the petition seeking a preventive injunction of the 2021 GIJ-SRC election.