A 57-year-old lawyer, Mr Frank William Beecham, has been elected President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) at its 2009/10 Annual General Conference which just ended in Sunyani.
It was held from September 28 to 30 on the theme, “Legal Aid – A Social Responsibility”.
Mr Beecham, who is a senior partner of Bram Larbi, Beecham and Co in Accra, is also a trained banker and immediate past National Treasurer of the association.
He polled 250 out of the 452 valid votes cast to beat his closest rival, Nii Osa Mills, a former President who was forced to resign his position last year following a comment he made about the trial of Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, a former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC).
Nii Mills obtained 173 votes, while Messrs Prince Frederick Nii-Ashie Neequaye and Willie Amarfio had 17 and two votes, respectively. Three of the ballots cast were rejected.
Mr Justice Kusi-Minka Premo, 50, who was elected Vice-President, polled 230 votes to beat Mr Benson Nutsukpui, who secured 220 votes, while Messrs Peter Raymond Zwennes, Asante Krobea, Anthony Forson Jnr, Mrs Nancy Darkwa Ampofo and Mrs Yaa Gyakobo were returned unopposed as Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Public Relations Officer, Treasurer and Assistant Public Relations Officer, respectively.
All the elected national executive members will serve for the 2009/2010 period.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Beecham stated that the association was not a wing of any political party and that its primary focus was to ensure the entrenchment of democracy and the rule of law in the country.
He, therefore, called on all stakeholders in the democratic process of the country not to interpret actions of the association in political terms.