The Electoral Commissioner for the Legon chapter of the Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG), Jacob Johnson Attakpah, has justified the decision to charge filing fees in the conduct of the Association’s election, saying it is reasonable.
He explained that it was a way to test the aspirants’ ability to raise funds and also to check their commitment and support towards the electioneering process.
Mr Attakpah moreover stated that this year’s filing fees did not see any hike.
‘’There is no increment to the fees that have been charged this year as compared to last year. However the world over, you would realize that we pay filings fees when you want to contest for a position. It is usually about your ability and commitment to the process, largely to look at the kind of commitment they can have to the process and their ability of fundraising,” he said.
For him, “these fees are reasonable, they were approved by senate. So the president pays GHS 800, whiles every other aspirant pay GHS 400 for the various portfolios as a means of commitment and as well to support the process”.
On the mode of carrying out the elections, the EC said the election would be held manually, indicating that proxy voting will be barred in order to ensure that voters are validated because of past experiences they could not control.
“The point of barring proxy voting is to ensure that we validate each and every person that comes to cast their vote due to experiences we had in the past, experiences of having people misrepresent others, forgery of identity. So in order to prevent these excesses we would rather have people come to cast their votes in person,” he hinted.
He was optimistic that the voter turnout would not be affected considering the great interest people have shown in the election.
This year’s GRASAG-Legon election will see a total of eleven persons contesting for various offices.
Three aspirants, Samuel Danquah Amaning, Samuel Zumah Mwinzumah, and Emmanuel Tabil, are eyeing the office of President.
Joyce Ohene Kwapong and Millicent Tackie-Otoo are vying for the General Secretary office.
Bright Owusu and Samuel Nii Aduamoah Quaye are aspiring for the Treasurer office whilst Samuel Ayensu Afful and Joseph Baidoo are aspiring to be the next Organizing Secretary of the Association.
Beryl Emefa Avudzivi and Beatrice Boateng are aspiring for the Women’s Commissioner Office.
Story by: Peters Otu | universnewsroom.com