Sekyere East elects Presiding Member

BY: Samuel K. Obour

A teacher and Assembly member for Ahensan Electoral Area has been elected as the Presiding Member (PM)  for the Sekyere East District Assembly in the Ashanti Region.   Mr Kofi Agyenim Boateng  polled 27 out of the 39 total votes cast after a second round voting to beat Mr Gabriel Gyimah, the incumbent, who had 11 votes. One vote was rejected.

In the first round,  Mr Ebenezer Kwasi Opoku of  the Effiduase South Electoral Area had five, Gabriel Gyimah got 11 and Kofi Agyenim Boateng polled 26.

The new Presiding Member was later sworn in by the Magistrate of the Effiduase Court, Mr Jacob Amponsah. 

The election was part of the first ordinary meeting of the third session of the district assembly held last  Thursday. It was supervised by an officer of the Electoral Commission from the Sekyere Central District, Mr. Raymond Nartey. 

Mr Agyenim Boateng commended the assembly members for the confidence reposed in him and promised to operate an open door policy. 

He called for commitment and dedication from his colleague assembly members and the heads of the various departments towards the development of the district.

He further called for unity among the assembly members and asked them to bury their differences.

Delivering his sessional address, the District Chief Executive, Mr Solomon Adjei Mensah, said internally generated fund (IGF) shot up appreciably due to adjustment in some rates, fees and rent coupled with rigorous monitoring. 

He said the IGF for 2012 stood at GH¢255,822.43, representing 96 per cent increase over the previous year’s.

The DCE said to ensure improved revenue collection this year, management had devised strategies such as educating taxpayers and revenue collectors.

They are also providing bicycles for collectors to widen the scope of revenue collection for the assembly.

On the security situation, he noted that due to combined efforts, general security had improved in the area.

Story: Joseph Kyei-Boateng