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01.06.2021 Education

PUSAG postpone elections over alleged frustrations by members

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
PUSAG postpone elections over alleged frustrations by members
LISTEN JUN 1, 2021

The Private Universities Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG) has postponed its elections over alleged frustrations by members.

PUSAG originally scheduled to hold its elections from May 28 to May 30, 2021, at the Perez University College in Winneba.

A statement signed by the President of PUSAG, Alswel O. Annan said after alleged several irregularities and misdeeds of some congress and non-congress members, there was a mass boycott of the election by the majority of the universities.

It added that as a result of the frustration of the electoral process, the Rector of the host institution (Perez University), Rev. Dr. Daniel Aboagye in a meeting with the Presidential aspirants, the security apparatus and the PUSAG President recommended that the elections be postponed and a new date set based on consultation with the leadership and various stakeholders of the association.

Despite the postponement of the elections, the statement noted that some aspirants are said to be going around and misinforming the public that they have been voted into various positions.

In a bid to set the records straight, Alswel O. Annan has urged the general public to treat such information with contempt.

“It's quite disturbing and shocking for some aspirants who engaged in this illegality to purportedly carry themselves as Executives Elect to deceive the general public about a supposed election which they came out as winners and such action can have serious repercussions.

“I want to emphatically inform the general public to treat this information of ‘executives - elect' with the contempt that it deserves and together with other heads of the national executive committee immediately call those aspirants to order,” part of the release signed by the National PUSAG President reads.

Meanwhile, all members of PUSAG are being charged to uphold PUSAG first in all dealings and to proceed with integrity in all matters relating to PUSAG.

Below is the press release from the PUSAG president:

The general public is by this release, informed of the postponement of the PUSAG elections which was slated for 28th - 30th May 2021 at the Perez University College in Winneba.

This development became necessary after several irregularities and misdeeds of some congress and non-congress members frustrating the electoral process.

The unfortunate happenings led to the mass boycott of the scheduled election by majority of the universities present at congress.

The Rector of the host institution (Perez University), Rev. Dr. Daniel Aboagye in a meeting with the Presidential aspirants, the security apparatus and the PUSAG President recommended that, the elections be postponed and a new date set based on consultation with the leadership and various stakeholders of the association.

The Electoral Commissioner, Mohammed Auwal Hamza stepped down from his position, yet an illegal and illegitimate election was undertaken with no returning officer to oversee, certify and endorse the declaration.

It's quite disturbing and shocking for some aspirants who engaged in this illegality to purportedly carry themselves as Executives Elect to deceive the general public about a supposed election which they came out as winners and such action can have serious repercussions.

I want to emphatically inform the general public to treat this information of ‘executives - elect' with the contempt that it deserves and together with other heads of the national executive committee immediately call those aspirants to order.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the PUSAG National Elections are hereby postponed till further notice.

In the meanwhile, I shall update congress members on the way forward after consultations with other NEC members and stakeholders.

We urge all and sundry to uphold PUSAG first in all dealings and to proceed with integrity in all matters relating to PUSAG.

Alswel O. Annan

NATIONAL PUSAG PRESIDENT

055 257 6366

Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo

Journalist

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