Presidents of the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN) in the Greater Accra Region have registered displeasure with the recent compilation of delegates’ list for the upcoming National Youth Conference.
They say that the leadership of the National Youth Wing has failed to keep their promise to protect the voting rights of some thirty-two TEIN Presidents, following a similar incident that occurred earlier this year with TESCON executives during the NPP National Conference.
“We are highly disappointed in the leadership of the National Youth Wing for failing to protect the voting rights of TEIN Presidents as they promised after TESCON executives were prevented from voting in this year’s NPP’s National Conference”.
This is according to a press statement signed by the affected forty TEIN presidents, dated November 30, 2022.
According to the release, a list of all forty (40) accredited TEIN institutions were compiled by the Greater Accra Regional Youth Wing, which was later shortlisted and presented to the Regional Electoral Committee. However, subsequent to this, what the association describes as “wild allegations” by some aspirants, led by the Deputy National TEIN Coordinator, Benard Dartey, seeking to discredit the list proved futile after an investigation was conducted, falsifying these accusations.
“It was on this basis that the election committee decided to investigate the allegations and submit a final list of eligible TEIN Presidents to the regional and national party secretariats for purposes of the regional and national youth conferences.
The committee gave less than 24-hour notice to TEIN Presidents to submit documents such as Student ID, Party ID and Admission letters to verify whether the Presidents were indeed students since those were the major allegation. The TEIN presidents followed these directives and submitted these documents for verification. At the end of the process, it turned out that all the allegations were unfounded and frivolous”.
The TEIN Presidents threatened to resist any further attempts by leadership of the NDC to disenfranchise them or face a possible cease in the existence of TEIN in Greater Accra if such an incident repeats.
“We also wish to serve notice that any last-minute attempt to pull another last-minute injunction to stop us from voting in the national youth elections will fiercely be resisted. We were wrongly denied our right to vote at the Greater Accra regional youth wing elections, but we shall not sit aloof and allow a few individuals to deny us our right to vote in the impending national youth elections all because of their selfish and parochial interest. The leadership of the NDC should kindly take note, that there will be no TEIN in any institution in Greater Accra going forward if this evil agenda by some elements in the national Youth Wing and Elections Directorate is allowed to stand”.
Story Written By: Joyce Aikins