Upper West Akim Assembly fails to elect Presiding Member


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J. K. Nabary, GNA

Adeiso (E/R) Jan 24,
GNA – The Upper West Akim District Assembly has failed to elect a Presiding
Member after two rounds of voting in an election supervised by officials from
the Eastern Regional Directorate of the Electoral Commission (EC) at their
inaugural ceremony at Adeiso.

Mr Eric Kwesi
Mensah, Assembly man for Danso Electoral Area, the immediate past PM for the
Assembly and Mr Samuel Atitiso Sikayena Assembly Man for Roman Ridge Electoral
Area contested.

Thirteen of the 39
member Assembly were Government appointees.

At the first round
of voting Mr Mensah obtained 23 votes, while Mr. Sikayena had 16 votes.

In the second round,
Mr. Sikayena pulled 19 votes, while Mr. Mensah had 20 votes, indicated that
both of them failed to obtain the two thirds votes requirement to be confirmed
as PM for the area.

The election has
been deferred and will take place within 10 days per the standing orders of the

Earlier, Mr. Eric
Kwakye Dafour, Eastern Regional Minister who inaugurated the Assembly and the
130 –Member-Unit Committee urged them to serve wholeheartedly.

He also delivered
the President’s Address with a call on them to unite and let the development of
the area be their top most priority and affirmed government’s commitment to
better their lots.

Mr Abass Abubakari
Adam, Asamankese Circuit Court Judge led them to take the oath of office,
Allegiance and secrecy and later swore them into office.