As the 2021 Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG), Legon elections enter heated moments, three out of four presidential candidates have jointly boycotted a face-to-face event over the Electoral Commission’s decision to change the venue.
They include Benjamin Senyo Ackah, offering a Master of Philosophy in Agribusiness, Patrick Asiedu Amoako, pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and Sancho Ackoussah, Master’s of Philosophy in Management Information Studies.
Per the electoral calendar, all candidates in the race were expected to avail themselves for a face-to-face event at Radio Univers 105.7 FM on Saturday, September 11, 2021, between 5 pm and 9 pm.
Few hours before the commencement of the aforementioned debate, the Electoral Commission (EC) issued a communique to notify candidates of a change in the venue.
This did not sit well with the three presidential candidates as they argued that the sudden change in venue would not provide a transparent avenue for interactions with the electorates and other stakeholders in the GRASAG
“Radio Univers covers a larger population as compared to the Zoom platform being provided now and the ‘Annex C.’ Also, Radio Univers comes at no cost to the electorates, unlike Zoom where there are issues with the Internet connectivity and low sound frequency as witnessed during the vetting process on Monday, September 6, 2021,” Ackah, Amoako, and Ackoussah explained in a petition to the EC on Saturday.
The three presidential candidates maintained that Radio Univers provides a neutral ground and exposes the candidates to radio experience which would go a long way to build their political careers.
“Prior to the release of the communique on the change of venue for the Face-to-Face, we have not been informed on what necessitated the change of venue. Our preparation has been tailored towards the radio experience that we look forward to having,” part of the petition reads.
While describing this move of the Electoral Commission as a breach of trust, the candidates emphasized they would only honor the face-to-face event once the EC comply with the venue stated in the schedule that accompanied the Constitutional Instrument (CI) governing the GRASAG 2021 Elections.
“We would like to state emphatically that we would only honor the Face-to-Face event once this issue has been resolved,” the three presidential candidates jointly wrote.