Dormaa East At War With DCE

I.K Kyeremeh

I.K Kyeremeh

Executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the constituency and the residents in the district have threatened to lock the offices of the assembly at Wamfie if Mr Kyeremeh adopts unlawful means to occupy the post.

The assembly members rejected the beleaguered DCE during two confirmation ceremonies.

Some influential constituency executives told DAILY GUIDE that Mr Kyeremeh, after losing the second round of election a few weeks ago during which he allegedly hired thugs to snatch the ballot papers, petitioned the Electoral Commission (EC), the Regional Minister and the regional executives of the NDC to re-run the said election.

The said election was disrupted by the thugs who assaulted some of the assembly members at the eleventh hour in the full glare of the police.

After the EC counted 16 No votes out of the total 29 votes, the well-built men emerged from nowhere and snatched the remaining ballot papers.

The District Electoral Officer however declared the results of the poll.

Mr Kyeremeh, during activities marking Ramadan, reportedly told a group of Muslims in the district that there would be a re-run of the elections at the assembly and asked them to pray for him.

However, the constituency party officials said they would do everything possible to reject the beleaguered DCE.

There are many competent party functionaries who are qualified to be nominated by the President to become DCE of the area, they averred.

They appealed to the Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo and the regional executives not to endorse any illegality by organizing a third round of election.

The party has also decided to petition President John Mahama to appoint a new person to maintain peace in the area.

According to reports, the Presiding Member of the assembly has been moving to various radio stations to announce the impending election, claiming the second round of election was not certified by the EC.

DAILY GUIDE has gathered that there are plans by the deposed DCE and his cohorts to change all nine government appointees at the assembly and recruit surrogates to endorse his nomination should there be a re-run.

Per the laws of Ghana, the President has to withdraw his nomination and nominate another person for confirmation.

Article 16 of the District Assemblies’ Standing Orders stipulate, among others that the President’s nominee must get two-thirds majority to qualify as the DCE, and if he or she gets 50 percent of the valid votes cast, there should be a second round of voting within 10 days.

If the nominee fails to secure two-thirds majority after the second round of voting, the President must withdraw his nomination and make new nominations.

 FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani

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