Lawyers for Ishmael Fia, the student of the Ghana Institute of Journalism who was caught attempting to rig in the 2019 GIJ SRC elections, have said that their client is innocent of the allegations against him.
According to media reports, Ishmael Fia, a Diploma 2 student of the Institute was caught removing about 19 already thumb printed ballot papers from a secret compartment in his belt, during yesterday’s SRC election
Observers at the election grounds – the GIJ campus – were alerted to the illegal action of the student after he spent more than five minutes in a voting booth.
However, his lawyers have describe the situation as a set-up.
In a release sent to UniversNews, Ishmael Fia, after he was verified to cast his ballot, noticed that ballot papers had been packed at the voting screen he used.
Having gone through the process of verification and proceeded to the voting screen,Mr Ishmael Fia noticed a rather unusual pack of papers lying on the voting screen.
He therefore picked up the pack of papers to have a clearer view of the papers,where he noticed that the papers had been thumb printed and left there by an unidentified person.
He lifted the paper and before he could draw the attention of the police,a group of students who had been watching all this while blew an alarm,drawing attention of all students and voters to the scene.
Mr Ishmael Fia, as law abiding as he was, stood still with the papers and waited for the police for explanation.
This was where various meanings,theories and explanations of the situation was were promulgated and further stories to instigate students in an already hostile and charged atmosphere,” excerpts of the letter reads.
School Management hints of plans to sanction Ishmael Fia
Dean of Students Affairs of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Mr. David Danquah Appau, has hinted of school management’s plans to sanction Ishmael Fia, SRC Electoral Commissioner, Isaac Adu has said.
According to Isaac Adu, he had an engagement with Mr. Danquah Appau after the incident and he disclosed that school management had intentions of punishing him to serve as a deterrent to others.
“When I met the Dean of Students, he said there would be a sanction against him [Ishmael Fia] in school. The Dean of Students hasn’t confirmed anything but he only suggested that there would be sanctions.” he said
He even told me that since he is in Diploma 2 and expected to buy forms to continue as a Weekend student in Level 300, this can be a caveat for him not to be admitted.