The Birim Central Municipal Assembly in the Eastern Region has endorsed Mr Kwabena Bempong, a former Oda Constituency Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), as the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE).
All the 57 assembly members present at the assembly’s special meeting voted yes to give Mr Bempong a 100 per cent endorsement.
The Deputy Eastern Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr John Appiah Baffoe, led a team of electoral officials to supervise the election which attracted many dignitaries.
The dignitaries included the Senior Minister, Messr Yaw Osafo-Maafo; the Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour; his Deputy, Joseph Tetteh; the Members of Parliament (MPs) for Oda and Asene-Manso-Akroso (AMA), William Agyapong Quaittoo and George Aboagye, respectively; and the Eastern regional and constituency executives members of the NPP.
Mr Osafo-Maafo praised the assembly members for overwhelmingly endorsing Mr Bempong as the MCE and advised him to work very hard to justify his endorsement.
He stressed that since the essence of party politics was to ensure the accelerated progress of the nation, the assembly members and the entire municipality should bury their political differences and rally behind the MCE to speed up the development process of the area.
Mr Darfour also commended the assembly members for massively endorsing the President’s appointee devoid of violence and intimidation.
He, however, advised the assembly members, traditional authorities and other opinion leaders in the municipality to cooperate with the MCE and give him the necessary support to ensure the success of his administration.
Mr Darfour further urged the core staff of the assembly to team up with Mr Bempong to develop the municipality.
The regional minister announced that the Regional Coordinating Council would meet all the endorsed Municipal and District Chief Executives in the region on Friday, May 19, 2017 to swear them into office.
The Kyidomhene of the Akyem Kotoku Traditional Area, Obrempong Gyamfi Saforo Kyereh, on behalf of all traditional rulers in the area, pledged their unflinching support for the new MCE and promised to give him practical support to ensure the success of his administration.