Kurt Edwin Simeon Okraku, president of Dreams FC has been voted president of the new Ghana Football Association (GFA) after amassing 93 votes of the total valid votes cast after three rounds of voting, representing 96.9% of the total valid votes cast.
The Friday’s election proved very closely contested after the first round of the polls, with Kurt Okraku polling 44 votes, George Afriyie 40 votes, Nana Yaw Amponsah 27 votes, Fred Pappoe 6 votes while lawyer Amanda Akuokor Clinton and Lawyer George Ankomah Mensah both polled zero votes to exit the race after round one.
The regulations require 50+1 votes to be acquired by a candidate before being declared a winner of the elections, but all candidates failed to gain the required figure, pushing the elections into a run off.
The second round of did the magic for Kurt Okraku, the man with the slogan #GameChanger, where he polled a whooping 59 votes, adding 15 more votes to his tally to take a commanding lead. George Afriyie, the closest competitor polled 43 votes while Nana Yaw Amponsah depreciated in numbers from 27 to 16.
At this stage, most of the delegates and football loving fraternity were expecting the Okyeman Planners boss George Afriyie to concede defeat to avoid a third round voting.
George decided to consult the powers that be before which included his campaign team before taking such a decision, a move which delayed the expected announcement for a while.
Just after the third round voting had taken off, Dr. Kofi Amoah, President of the Normalization Committee of the GFA, haulted the voting process saying George Afriyie has got “something to say” to all gathered at the auditorium. As expected by many, George Afriyie mounted the podium, and while paying homage to all for the support given him, firmly conceded defeat and congratulated Kurt Okraku after describing himself as “a unifier who works for football”.
At this stage, as per the Regulations of the elections, a third round of the elections took place this time just to vote YES or NO for the purposes of popular acclimation.
After everything, Kurt Edwin Simeon Okraku grabbed a total of 93 votes, representing 96.9% of the total valid votes cast to be officially declared President elect of the Ghana Football Association for the next four years.
The NC President Dr. Kofi Amoah then invited the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, Justice Anim Yeboah to officially swear into office the newly elected president of the GFA.
The Ghanaian judge duly sworn in Kurt E. S. Okraku as the new president of the Ghana Football Association.