Emerging diplomats of the 2018-2019 class of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently elected a new student leadership to steer the affairs of that body.
Those elected are Prince Kaba Momolu, president. He was preferred by his colleagues over two other candidates, Goanbei Emmanuel Zeyoe and Patricia Jallah-Scott.
Ulysses Barchue served as chairman for the institute’s elections commission.
The elections, held on Friday, January 25, 2019, was described by stakeholders as the most intriguing aspect than all other posts, because the contestants won on white ballots.
Other positions contested for included treasurer, financial secretary, and general secretary, which brought on board Angelica Shannon Perry and the vice president Cecelia (Celia)—all of whom won on white ballots.
Barchue lauded his colleagues for the level of collaboration that eventually led to the successful conduct of the entire electoral process.
He said the elections were held in consultation with authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC), which was represented by two of its elections officers.
“In every race there has to be a winner. I want to appreciate all of my colleagues for participating in this process. I respect the decision you have taken and avail myself for the cause of this class in any way I can be of help,” Mr. Zeyoe told his colleagues who were elated about the smooth process.
Mrs. Jallah-Scott added: “Democracy is about making choices, and I respect and appreciate the choices you have made today. We are willing to work with the elected leadership to move our class in the right direction.”
FSI Officer-In-Charge John Yormie, Jr., described the elections as the best the institute has ever conducted, “because it was well organized, coordinated, and peaceful.”
Mr. Yormie also extended congratulatory message to the newly elected student leaders, indicating that surely they are the new voice for their colleagues.
The Foreign Service Institute was established in 1951 to offer a broad-based program of professional training for young entrants into the country’s foreign service.