Atiwa Assembly elects presiding member

BY: Samuel K. Obour

With one round of voting which lasted for only 30 minutes, the Atiwa District Assembly on Thursday elected Mr Ernest Adade Wiredu, a public servant, as its Presiding Member.

Mr Adade Wiredu, the assembly member for the Asaman Tamfoe/Mampong/Ankasse electoral area who stood unopposed, had to submit himself to the ballot box in accordance with the local government regulations.

He secured 37 out of the 40 votes to have his position confirmed.

In all, there were 50 assembly members but 10 did not turn up for the voting.

Mr Adade Wiredu’s election was unlike most of the municipal/district assemblies in the region where voting had to be cast three times without a winner.

The two members of Parliament for the area, Mr Kwasi Amoako Atta (Atiwa West) and Mrs Abena Osei Asare (Atiwa East) as well as the District Chief Executive, Mr Emmanuel Atta Twum, expressed their delight about the successful outcome of the event.

Mr Amoako Atta, who could not hide his happiness, told the assembly members that they had to put aside their political differences and unite to develop the area and that it was not necessary to be divided over the choice of a presiding member.

He cautioned the newly elected presiding member against lobbying for contracts for himself  because it was unethical.

Mr Amoako Atta advised Mr Adade Wiredu not to pose as the administrator of the assembly but rather be an adviser and added that he and Mrs Abena Osei Asare as well as Mr Atta Twum would lend their support to enable him to discharge his duties well  to  develop the district.

The Atiwa West MP also called on the assembly members to support the new presiding member.

With regard to the activities of illegal gold miners (galamsey) in the district, Mr Amoako Atta asked the assembly members to help curb their activities since they were polluting river bodies and degrading the environment.

Mr Atta Twum, for his part, assured Mr Adade Wiredu of his support as well as that of the entire staff of the assembly, adding that was the only way to accelerate the development of the district.

Shortly after being sworn in by Mr Joseph Twumasi, a judge of the Anyinam Magistrate’s Court, Mr Adade Wiredu pledged to contribute his quota to the development of the district and thanked the two MPs, the DCE and the assembly members for their support. 

Story: A. Kofoya-Tetteh