The Asante-Akim North District Assembly has rejected the nomination of Mr. Daniel Osei as District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area.
Not even pleas by the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Opoku and some chiefs present before the ballot could win him the mandatory two-thirds majority votes required for his approval.
He garnered 18 votes out of the 30 cast and this drew the ire of the people who had thronged the place with high expectations that the deadlock would be broken as they booed and jeered at the poll verdict.
Mr. Osei’s nomination came after Mr. Paul Aweh Averu, an earlier nominee, had been withdrawn by the appointment authority after he twice failed to receive the assembly’s endorsement.
The district stands out as the only one among the 30 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in Ashanti that is yet to get a substantive Chief Executive.
The nominee has another chance to try and sway the votes in his favour at the next round of voting scheduled for Monday, February 10.
Mr Opoku advised members to put the development of the district ahead of any other consideration or interest.
Asante-Akim North was carved out of the Asante-Akim Central in 2012 and has since been without a DCE.