Two assemblies retain Presiding Members

BY: Gilbert Mawuli Agbey
People in a queue to vote

The Gomoa East and Agona West District assemblies in the Central Region have confirmed their Presiding Members for a four-year tenure of office.

Both elections were held after the official inauguration of the assemblies which were among the 216 district assemblies inaugurated across the country last Tuesday.

In the Agona West Municipal Assembly, the incumbent Presiding Member, Mr Haruna Nuhu Sanni, the assembly member of Yalewa Zongo was challenged by a first timer, Mr Abdul Wahab Munkaila, the assembly member for Swedru Old Zongo.

 

At the end of the election which was supervised by officials of the Electoral Commission (EC), the incumbent polled 32 votes to defeat Wahab Munkaila who managed only 13 votes.

Disappointment

A section of the Muslim community who thronged the forecourt of the municipal assembly to support Addul Wahab with the hope that he would the election were very disappointed.

Some of them were so disappointed that they cast aspersions at the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Samuel Oppong, and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mr Charles Obeng-Inkoom, for allegedly manipulating the process in favour of the incumbent.

They, however, left the venue immediately the result of the election was announced to the gathering.

In a related development, in the Gomoa East District, Mr Frederick Joe Arthur, the incumbent Presiding Member of the assembly went unopposed. At the end of voting, he polled 100 per cent after securing 39 votes out of the 39 member district assembly.

Agona West PM

In a short address, Mr Sanni thanked the assembly members for his re-election for a four-year tenure to build upon his achievements. He pledged to form a united front with all the assembly members towards addressing the developmental needs of the people in the area.

He called for effective collaboration with the heads of departments to improve the living conditions of the people.

For his part, Mr Frederick Joe Arthur assured the assembly members of his resolve to promote unity among them towards the progress of the district adding that ‘’the district was endowed with a lot of potentials which could be harnessed with unity of purpose among the assembly members.’’