NUGS ELECTIONS: History always repeats itself – Joshua Owusu Yeboah

Joshua Owusu Yeboah
Joshua Owusu Yeboah

Joshua Owusu Yeboah, the immediate past National Coordinator of the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) has called on trainees from the Forty-six (46) Accredited Public Colleges of Education across the country to be cautious of how they get themselves involved in the forthcoming National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) elections.

According to the former Coordinator, he believes until NUGS comes out with a clear roadmap on how it intends to organize it’s forthcoming election, there is the possibility of rigging the elections just as it happened last year.

“To my fellow teacher trainees, the metaphorical wound we received during last year’s NUGS elections has still not healed and it looks as fresh as a day-old palm wine (ntumkum).

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“Some of us were traumatised, disrespected and treated as rags in front of our delegates. Some of the most blatant acts of election malpractice and autocracy I have ever seen in my four years as a student politician, were put on display for the whole world to see.” He said.

Records suggest that, the 1927 Liberian general elections went into the Guinness Book as the world’s most rigged election ever. He believes that, it was only through an act of God, that last year’s NUGS elections did not beat that most shameful record.

Joshua Owusu Yeboah said, to the best of his understanding, every election is determined by the people who actually show up to vote, but someway somehow, that principle was broken in the NUGS elections.

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“Dear trainees, until the current leadership of NUGS  comes out to give the sincere assurance, and draw the road map to ensure a free, fair and transparent elections, I will admonish you to be circumspect in your involvement in the upcoming NUGS elections” he said.”

Dennis Appiah Larbi, a presidential candidate for last year’s NUGS election had to withdraw his candidature, after some forms of irregularities were detected.

Teacher Trainees from the Volta, EAGA and ATTRICONS couldn’t take part in the election due to reasons unknown.

The act, was considered as embarrassing and humiliating since those who couldn’t take part in the elections were also students, whose voices and rights were infringed upon.

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Joshua went ahead to call on all aspirants to stand up, parade and champion for free, fair and transparent elections.

“I again call on all the aspirants of the upcoming NUGS election to stand up,  parade and champion for free, fair and transparent elections, else the rebirth of some of you will be a “redeath”.

“History after all repeats itself, first as tragedy, and second as farce” he added”

Joshua Owusu Yeboah served as the Electoral Commissioner for the just ended TTAG National Executives elections held at Tamale College of Education, Tamale and has been showered with praises by student leaders across the country for how fairly and transparent his conduct of the election was.

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NUGS is expected to go to the polls in March 2022 but no clear roadmap, as to dates and venue for the elections, has been released. Joshua believes that, without a clear roadmap, there is the possibility of rigging the elections once again.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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