The members of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG), Accra Technical University (ATU) Chapter have visited the polls to elect new leaders of the Association.
The contest presented seven candidates for the five leadership slots comprising the Chairman,
Vice-chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Organizer.
Apart from the Chairmanship race which witnessed a keen competition with three formidable contestants, the remaining positions were represented by lone contenders.
However, aspirants did not leave any stone unturned as they embarked on vigorous campaigns and behind the scenes lobbying to secure acceptance and endorsement from the delegates.
Labeled as one of the cleanest elections, the build-up to the election was devoid of tension, bickering and name calling as candidates exhibited high level of maturity.
Voting commenced at exactly 9 o’clock in the morning of Monday, August 6, 2018 as delegates trooped the University’s Auditorium to exercise their franchise indicating the vibrant campaigns participants put in place prior to the election.
There was never a dull moment as lecturers, heads of departments and deans, in a group of three, four and five thronged the centre to cast their ballots.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Edmund Ameko and a retinue of delegates also took turns to secretly endorse their preferred candidates.
Mr. Collins Owusu Kwaning who stood for the Treasurer position as a lone ranger in a “YES” or “NO” voting format had twenty-one (21) delegates saying “No” to his bid. However, one hundred and thirty-nine (139) “YES” endorsements from delegates catapulted him into victory.
Elected as the new TUTAG Organizer, Mr. Hanson Obiri-Yeboah garnered one hundred and fifty-eight (158) votes with five (5) delegates saying “No” to his candidature.
With one hundred and fifty-two (152) votes, Mr. Bright Kojo Azumah got the nod from delegates to represent them as Secretary for the Association with only seven (7) delegates in disagreement.
Retaining her position as Vice-Chairperson, Mrs. Alice Constance Mensah (PhD) secured one hundred and fifty (150) “YES” even though twelve (12) voters rejected her.
The Nino in the Chairmanship race, Mr. Ibrahim Zubairu floored Mr. Peter Arhenful (PhD)and Mr. David Worwui-Brown who many tipped as favourites having occupied the positions of Treasurer and Secretary respectively.
Mr. Zubairu canvassed eighty-seven (87) votes leaving Mr. Arhenful (PhD) and Mr. Worwui-Brown with forty-nine (49) and twenty-seven (27) votes
Explaining what accounted for the incident free election and huge turn-out, the Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Emelia Ohene Afriyie (PhD) noted, “due to the open nature of the process from its infant stage, delegates became abreast of the modalities and rules governing the process”.
There was no protestation and all the candidates and observers expressed satisfaction with the outcome”.