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MARSHALLS STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION PLACES INJUNCTION ON DECLARED RESULTS OF RECENT STUDENTS’ ELECTIONS

Date: 06/22/2017

The General Assembly of the Marshalls Association of Student Affairs [MASA] passed a ruling to postpone appointments for new MASA executive positions after its emergency sitting to deliberate on a petition from Mr. James Dalison, a MASA Presidential hopeful, seeking to invalidate the electoral results on at least two counts of electoral irregularities.
The Marshalls students’ General Assembly, consisting of the Marshalls Consultative Assembly- interpreters of the MASA constitution, outgoing executives of MASA- the student governing body of Marshalls, representatives of official student groups and clubs as well as witnesses in the matter, after several hours of grueling deliberations with both parties of the electoral divide, passed the injunction notice in order to address aptly the complaints from James Dalison, a MASA presidential-hopeful, about the credibility of the electoral results.
James Dalison’s team was contesting the results of the MASA elections, as announced by the Association’s electoral commissioner, Benedict Gomado. A strongly worded petition for injunction signed by Ann Maclean, secretary for the Dalison Electoral Campaign Team, suggested that key electoral errors and malpractices, as well as a lack of diligence on the part of the electoral commissioner allegedly contributed to the unfortunate outcome of the elections.
The injunction notice was served within a few hours of Mr. Benedict Gomado’s declaration of Mr. Jefferson Okoh as MASA president-in-waiting after the counting of all valid votes cast. Mr. Okoh tallied 53% of the total valid votes cast as against Mr. James Dalison’s 47%, but the credibility of the results was marred by the allegation that certain votes counted were invalid. Team Dalison thus sought a withdrawal of the results and a rerun of the elections.
The Marshalls Consultative Assembly [MACA], the body mandated to interpret all student-oriented judicial matters in Marshalls consequently ruled after the General Assembly meeting to bar the handing over ceremony and adjured all aspirants to refrain from declaring themselves as MASA appointees. The Chairperson of MACA, Ms. Felyn Mensah, also advised all parties and students to remain calm.
Meanwhile, investigations have commenced to assess the authenticity of the allegations leveled against the Electoral Commission and the electoral processes. The incumbent president of MASA, Mr. Edmund Danquah, confirmed to marshallsonlineradio that all current holders of positions on the MASA General Assembly will remain in their offices, albeit in acting capacities, till a resolution has been found.

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