Mr. Emmanuel Kumah has been elected as President of the students body of the Ghana Institute of Journalism for the 2018/2019 academic year.
The election came off yesterday April 30 for the Regular Students after it was held on Saturday April, 29 for the Weekend school.
Although Monday’s polls recorded a late start, it ended at the scheduled 5pm.
Voter turnout for both days of election was general impressive as over 2,000 electorates, out of the about 3,000 registered voters, exercised their franchise.
To reduce tension among electorates, the Electoral Commission decided to count and announce the results of the Presidential election first.
The presidential office, was contested by Orlando Tettey, Kwasi Nimo Jnr and Emmanuel Kumah.
At the end of counting, Orlando Tettey pulled 395 votes, Kwasi Nimo Jnr. amassing 885 votes with Emmanuel Kumah garnering 1,095 votes.
Prior to the election, Mr. Emmanuel Kumah was tipped to get a massive win in the Presidential race considering the support he had from some from some influential students including Mr. Kabu Nartey (General Secretary of NUGS).
Speaking to Mr. Nash Odoi, the Chief Whip of GIJ General Assembly after counting, he said Mr. Kumah’s landslide victory was historic as no presidential candidate has been able to establish a 210-vote gap between himself and the second placed in the history of GIJ elections – at least not in the last 4years.
Since SRC elections begun to held in GIJ such a gap has never been witness in this school before. This is history and I tell you Kumah has made history – he said.
Speaking to an emotional Emmanuel Kumah after his victory, he believed that his victory was divine orchestrated and was challenged to deliver on his every promised made to electorates.
I am humbled by the wonderful given me by GIJ students to serve them next academic year. I’m equally challenged to fufil every promise i gave them. Everybody goes into a competition to expecting to win, however, I thought it was going to be a close contest. I feel it is a divine victory.” Mr. Kumah said.
Mr. Emmanuel Kumah takes over from Mr. Martin Thompson Ntem.