Election tension is brewing in the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) following the commencement of election process aimed at activating vibrancy into the association for the sustainable development of small scale mining in Ghana.
The process which is expected to give the Association change in leadership is being organised from Zonal, Districts and eventually to National levels, and is expected to complete by the end of March this year.
Currently, picking of nomination forms for district chairmanship position is underway and submission of form to be held on 24th of January, 2020.
This will be followed by District Executive elections in the Ten (10) Mining District Centers namely; Tarkwa; Dunkwa; Asankragwa; Assin Fosu; Akim Oda; Konongo; Bibiani; Bolgatanga; Wa; and Kumasi (Ashanti Chapter) on February 18th this year preceded by Zonal Elections on February 4, 2020.
Vetting of district chairmanship aspirants will be conducted in the various mining districts centers at offices of the Minerals Commission on 30th and 31st January, 2020.
On the National Executive Council (NEC) front, picking and submission of nomination form will be conducted from February 24th and March 3rd, at the Diamond House, Accra ; then vetting on March 12th and 13th at the headquarters of the Minerals Commission, Accra.
Prospective aspirants willing to contest for President, Vice President, General Secretary, National Organiser, National Treasurer, National Financial Secretary, National Technical Director, National Director of Communication and National Women’s Coordinator are expected to pick the nomination form from GNASSM Secretariat, Diamond House, Accra.
The NEC election is slated for March 24, 2020 in Kumasi to be followed by the inauguration of the new elected executives in an Annual General Meeting on the next day, March 25, 2020 in Kumasi.
Speaking to the Election Transition Management Team, chairman of the ETMT Frank Osei aka Denero gave the assurance, his team has put in place the needed impetus to ensure transparency and fairness to elect deserving people.
He urged members to be mindful of the numerous challenges the association has gone through and the current barricades mitigating it’s growth.
According to him, the election event must be of great concern to every committed member and demanded total participation so that together we all change the fortunes of GNASSM.