Daffiama/Issa/Bussie Assembly elects Presiding Member

BY: Emmanuel Modey
Presiding Member-elect, Mr Yenge, after the declaration of the results.
Presiding Member-elect, Mr Yenge, after the declaration of the results.

After three unsuccessful attempts to elect a Presiding Member (PM), the Daffiama/Issa/Bussie (DIB) District Assembly now has one.

The assembly last Thursday successfully elected Mr Vitus Sasia Dakora Yenge, 40, Assembly member for the Issa-Tinge Electoral Area after a fourth attempt to elect a PM.

This became possible when the second contender, the incumbent, Mr Haruna Semba, Assembly/member for the Kojokperi-South Electoral Area, decided to withdraw from the race.

As such, all the 18 members of the assembly who were present voted overwhelmingly for Mr Yenge to become the PM in an election that was supervised by the DIB Electoral Commission.

Previous attempts

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In the other previous attempts since July last year, none of the two contestants, that is Mr Semba and Yenge, was able to obtain the two-thirds votes to win the seat.

They polled nine and 10 votes respectively.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Yenge expressed his gratitude to Mr Semba for withdrawing to allow him to take the seat.

He promised to follow his footsteps and work assiduously to facilitate and build on the gains so far made and uplift the image of the district.

He also commended the members for voting overwhelmingly for him to promote peace and rapid development for the people.

Interest of district

The District Chief Executive for DIB, Mr Nadi Imoro Sanda, addressed the assembly members before the election and appealed to them to put the interest of the district, which was carved out of the Nadowli District in 2012, their priority and thus take the best decision which will promote its socio-economic development and growth.

The DIB District, with a total land area of 1,315.5 square- kilometre, has a total population of about 32,827 people, representing 4.7 per cent of the region’s population.

The district is bordered to the South by Wa Municipal, to the West by the Nadowli-Kaleo District, to the North by Sissala-West Municipal and on the East by Wa-East District.

It has about 78 per cent of the population engaged in skilled agriculture and fishing.