The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has scheduled 13 November 2020 for its general election to choose new national and regional executives.
This has become necessary because the three-year tenure of the current national and regional executives expires on 17 November 2020.
A statement by Kofi Yeboah, the general secretary of the GJA, said the new national and regional executives to be elected into office will steer the group’s affairs for the next three years.
“At the national level, nominations wil be opened for the positions of president, vice-president, general secretary, national organising secretary, treasurer and public affairs officer,” the statement said.
“At the regional level, elections will be held in all the 16 regions and nominations will be opened for the positions of chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and treasurer.”
Meanwhile, the GJA has established two committees to oversee the 13 November elections.
First, there will be a three-member election committee, to be chaired by the legal practitioner Osei Kwadwo, to conduct and supervise its elections.
The other members of the committee are Doris Kuwornu, vice-president of the Ghana Association of Writers, and Peter Agbeko, head of public relations at the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA).
A three-member election disputes adjudication team has also been constituted, with Marian Kyei, a legal practitioner and media consultant, as its chair.
This team also includes Tanko Zakaria, a private legal practitioner and lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), and Sylvia Annoh, acting director of public affairs at the Electoral Commission (EC).
The GJA has also set 30 September as the cut-off date for members in good standing to exercise their right to vote.
Founded in 1949, the Ghana Journalists Association is the umbrella organisation representing Ghanaian journalists.
It is a registered professional association and listed as one of several bodies on the board of the National Media Commission. The GJA is responsible for organising the association’s annual awards.