Akatsi College of Education,
Private Mail Bag,
30th August, 2016
The Judicial Committee of TTAG,
TTAG National Secretariat,
C/O Accra College of Education,
P.O. box 221,
Legon – Accra.
Dear Sir/ Madam,
PETITION TO OVERRULE THE DECISION OF THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF THE TEACHER TRAINEES ASSOCIATION OF GHANA (TTAG) DURING THE 21ST NATIONAL DELEGATES CONGRESS HELD AT TAMALE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL FROM 25TH TO 28TH AUGUST, 2016.
We humbly write to petition your good office to inform you of our unfair disqualification from the election to elect new executives for the 2016/2017 administrative year during this year’s annual delegates congress of our noble association held at Tamale Senior High School from 25th to 28th August, 2016.
On the 26th of August, 2016 the Electoral Commission of TTAG officially commenced the sale of forms for various positions of the association which we all bought. A date was fixed for vetting and a pass mark of sixty percent (60%) was established to be the mark an aspirant would obtain to guarantee his or her candidature to contest the election.
The three of us bought the forms individually and went for the vetting and obtained marks above the sixty percent pass mark and officially began our campaign to convince delegates to cast their vote in our favour based on our competence. We were given the opportunity by the Electoral Commission to spell out our vision to the delegates in the form of manifesto reading for all candidates except the Coordinators, Public Relation Manager and a Presidential debate for the Presidential candidates.
Voting commenced peacefully but when it got to the turn of delegates from the Eastern/Greater Accra (EGA) sector to vote, they were skipped and were not allowed to vote. When delegates from the Colleges of Education within the Volta sector also took their turn to cast their ballot, the voting process was stalled. After inquiring, we were told that the Volta sector paid capitation for five colleges but provided names for the seven colleges in the sector on the Voter’s register, As a remedy, the Electoral Commission stopped eleven delegates including the Presidential candidate from the Volta Sector from voting. Voting ended abruptly around 2am on Monday, 29th August, 2016. The Electoral began counting of ballot papers around 4am on 29th August, 2016 with the exception of the National Presidential, National Secretary, and the National Organizing Secretary ballot papers. The three of us were subsequently disqualified because the electoral commission claims we attend colleges in the Volta Sector. Without counting the ballot papers, our opponents were declared automatic winners for the position of the National President, National Secretary and the National Organizing Secretary which contradicts article 26 of the TTAG Constitution. The Electoral commission also failed to give us the opportunity to defend ourselves.
We wish to bring to your notice that the Electoral Commission sanctioned the sector twice for an offence committed by the sector executives without the knowledge of the candidates who solely sponsored their candidature. The following were the sanctions of the electoral commission.
1. Preventing eleven delegates from the Volta sector from voting.
2. Disqualifying candidates from the Volta Sector after the voting process without counting the ballot papers.
We want to know from the Judicial Committee if it is possible for a whole sector to be disqualified yet their vote casted was used to declare other portfolios winners and losers? Is it constitutional?
Do the members of the Electoral commission have a hidden agenda to put people in the positions meant to be vied for? If so, why the election?
It must be placed on record that, the electoral commission sold forms for the TTAG elections to individuals and not the sector, we ran our campaign solely financed by ourselves and not the sector, we appeared before the vetting committee individually and not the sector, we campaigned for votes to be cast in our favour based on our competence and not because we attend colleges in a particular sector. So we cannot be made to pay for the crimes the Sector executives committed which remedies were found to.
We pray the Judicial Committee to declare the Electoral Commission’s decision to disqualify us from the election as null and void because we cannot be made to pay for the crimes that the sector executives committed.
We further pray the judicial committee to annul the declaration of our opponents as automatic winners of the election by the electoral commission without counting the ballot papers.
We pray the Judicial Committee to restrain Avorgbedor Paul Wonder, Bernard Kofi Ansah and Dwumfour Gideon from holding office as the National TTAG President, National TTAG Secretary and National TTAG Organizing Secretary until such a time that the Electoral Commission organizes fresh elections to fill those vacancies.
We shall avail ourselves to the Judicial Committee for further questioning if the committee wishes to.
We also wish to state emphatically that if within 7 days of receiving this petition, we do not hear anything from the Judicial committee, we shall be forced to take up legal action against the electoral commission.
(The National TTAG Secretary Candidate)
(The National TTAG President Candidate)
The Council of Patrons of TTAG,
The National TTAG Coordinator,
The National TTAG President
The National Union of Ghana Students? (NUGS) President