By Cecil Mensah
The Dangbe Shai branch of the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GRPTU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in the Greater Accra Region (GAR) last Sunday peacefully elected its branch executives to steer the affairs of the union for the next four years.
After hours of voting, Mr John Akuertey, emerged the union Chairman, polling twenty nine votes to beat his main contender , Mr Joseph Aklesi, who got fifteen votes, Mr Ben Antwi grabbed the Vice Chairmanship slot by polling twelve votes, after his main contender, Idi Aminu who polled thirty five votes was disqualified on technical grounds.
Mr Timothy Nortey retained his position as the Secretary, after his challenger stepped down .
The rest are; Mr Wilberforce Nartey, the First Trustee and Mr Richard Osei, the Second Trustee.
In all fifty one members in good standing, cast their votes, but four abstained leaving forty seven.
The elections was supervised by the officials of the Electoral Commission (EC), the EC was represented by Edward Asante, Rita Caesar and Anthony Nartey in Dodowa.
The peaceful, but hectic elections was supervised by the GAR executives of GPRTU led by Mr Robert Sabbah, the Regional Chairman, Alhaji Iddrisu Tetteh, the Regional Vice Chairman, Nene Kwashivi, the First Trustee and Mr Jacob Odai, the Second Trustee, Mr William Ocqaye, the
Chairman of the Tema Station lorry terminal Welfare Committee of GPRTU and Mr Emmanuel Ankrah, the First Trustee of the Welfare Committee.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Robert Sabbah, congratulated the union members for exhibiting maturity during the elections and called on the victors and losers to close their ranks for the development of the union.
He urged them to support the newly elected executives to move the union to higher heights.
Speaking to The Herald in an interview, Mr John Akuertey said, the welfare of the members of the union would be the priority of his administration.
He added that his administration would ensure that members are very discipline and avoid drinking whiles behind the wheel.
He appealed to members to rally behind him and throw away all their personal and selfish ambitions to enable him move the union forward.
He pledged to operate an open door policy where all would have the opportunity to openly discuss issues that affect the union.