The Ashanti and Brong Ahafo (ASHBA) Zone of the Ghana Nurse – Midwife Trainee’s Association (GNMTA) has boycotted the electoral proceedings of its National Delegates Congress held over the weekend at Tamale.
ASHBA Zone says the decision follows the gross disregard of the laid down procedures by the National Executive Council (NEC) and the violation of some clauses of the constitution by the vetting Committee.
The President of ASHBA Samuel Adoma said, Article 27 of the GNMTA Constitution which does not permit members who have completed their training to contest for specific positions has been infringe upon.
The President who has been speaking with Maxwell Attah of Cape FM on the issue said, NEC has failed to address their concerns but rather slapped the face of the constitution and allowed some illegalities to hold the helm of the peaceful congress, which stinks in the nostrils of public policy.
“The Vetting Committee chairman Emmanuel Geyevo explained to us that, some of the aspirants were not qualified to contest the election meanwhile the outgoing President (Godwin Akaze) autocratically took the microphone from the Vetting Committee chairman and in his own power organised the election with an unqualified candidates.That is why we took ourselves out of the election” He explained
ASHBA Zone is therefore calling on College of Health Training Institutions (COHETI), Health Training Institutions Secretariate,Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) and all related stakeholders as a matter of urgency to intevane in the impasse.
“we’re an association affiliated to certain higher offices of which we want them to come and intervene but if the intervention is not up to our expections then we’ve to consider legal action”. He stated.
But Batiah Semi-Ulah Santi, the President elect has denied the allegations leveled against his candidature.
Batiah Santi, a former student of Lawra Health Assistance Training School went unopposed after Ebenezer Esuman of Sunyani Nursing Training College and Ali Sumaila of Seikwa Nursing Training College who were contesting for President and veep respectively and several others withdrew from the race due to the illegalities surrounding the election.
Mr. Batiah who doubles as Northern Zonal President had the approval of the 85 Delegates out of the 148 Delegates.
The Financial Secretary Rafiatu Adda, General Secretary Deladem Woyi and International Relations Officer (IRO) Mohammed Saeed Awal were elected unopposed.
Others elected unopposed were Registration and Education Secretary Osman Christopher, Press and Information Secretary Isaac Achin and Co-ordination Secretary Henodzi Bismark.
Gli Foster Kwaku won the vice Presidential race with 61 votes to beat his contender Hakeem Enyan, who had 29 votes in the election.
The incumbent Women Commissioner Mercy Yaa Boatemaa who was seeking re-election lost to Anastasia Atimbila. Boatemaa failed her bid after she secured 37 votes while the Novice Atimbila pooled 55 votes.
A deep-throat Source at the association has revealed that there might be prevalent faction in the current administration. The despondent members from Health Assistance Training School’s has threatened a breakaway from GNMTA should their candidate is disqualified.
The source further added that Batiah Santi is likely to meet stiff opposition from ASHBA and other Zones.
The 26th Annual National Delegates Congress held at Tamale GNAT Hall over the weekend dubbed “Empowering GNMTA for a stronger GRNMA” had a total of 149 delegates including Ex-officio and National Executive Board members.
Source: Maxwell Attah/Cape Fm