GOC forms 3-member Election Commission

Peter ZwennesCongress of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) on Saturday formed a 3-member Election Commission to conduct the next Elective Congress of the Committee scheduled for March 2017.

Members of the commission includes Mr. Ken Ashigbey, Vice President of the Ghana Table Tennis Federation (GTTF) and Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Mr. Peter Zwennes, President, Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) and a legal practitioner and Mr. Thaddeus Sory, also a legal practitioner.

The trio is expected to carry out a 15-point elections guideline adopted by Saturday’s Congress that saw delegates argue fiercely on divided lines over which group of people constitute the Election Commission.

With the GOC constitution lenient on which group of people serve on the Commission, the Congress was at variance as members expressed diverse opinions on the matter.

While others felt there is mistrust among members and that would not create a healthy atmosphere for the election, another section was of the opinion that the GOC has members with unquestionable character and integrity.

Leading arguments for GOC members to conduct the election was Mr. Zwennes who held that the constitution of the GOC allows its members to conduct such exercises and must therefore be trusted to do a clean job.

Other delegates supported his argument which was countered by Ghana Cycling Federation President, Mohammed Sahnoon, Ghana Football Association (GFA) representative, Linnear Addy, Ben Nunoo Mensah, President of the Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF), Rev. Emmanuel Nikoi and others.

Mr. Sahnoon who was strongly opposed to GOC members serving on the Commission said when outsiders are allowed to conduct the election; it will take away the issue of trust and make it easier for losers to be gracious in defeat.

He informed Congress that he had discussed with eminent lawyers including Mr. Sory and Egbert Fabille who have all agreed.

Ms. Linnear Addy suggested that the Election Commission be independent like what pertains with the Ghana Football Association since 2006.

She said following murmurings over the credibility of elections, the FA allowed independent people with the required expertise to conduct its election and has since avoided the troubles that follow.

Mr. Nunoo Mensah opted for independent people because in his view, that will erase the issue of conflict of interest which the constitution is clearly against.

He said in a case where contestants belong to the same federation as those serving on the Election Commission, they will surely work to the benefit of that contestant.

The Congress also nominated five people to serve on a Disciplinary/Grievance/Dispute Resolution Committee to be formed.

The members include Justice Amadu Tanko, Ken Dzirasah, B.T Baba, Peter Kpordugbe and Miss Gifty Annan Myers.

 

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