From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Techiman .
The Techiman North District Assembly in the Brong-Ahafo region has for the sixth time failed to elect a presiding member (PM) to preside over its meetings.
After the first round of elections, none of the three candidates was able to secure the two-thirds of the total votes cast as required.
Mr Kwame Adu polled 20 votes, Sumaila Adams had 9 votes with Nicholas Sarkodie securing 6 of the total votes cast.
Three candidates vied for the position after the fourth round, with the acting PM Amegashie, pulling out of the contest on the voting day.
His reason for pulling out was to make the election of his successor easy in order to smoothen the running of the Assembly’s meetings.
Mr. Kwame Adu, who contested on all the four previous occasions, stood again with Sumaila Adams and Nicholas Sarkodie.
In the four previous attempts, the acting PM, Julius Amegashie and another contestant, Mr. Kwame Adu vied for the position.
The Assembly has 35 members, comprising of elected members, government appointees and the District Chief Executive (DCE).
The District Coordinating Director, Mr. Joseph Tang, ahead of the election pleaded with the assembly members to collaborate and pick a leader who would direct the affairs of the assembly to facilitate development in the District.
He said “the absence of a PM is hampering the assembly’s decision making process and implementation of projects and programmes”.
After a brief break, the house agreed on a second round of voting with the same number of candidates, though there were suggestions for the third candidate to pull out.
The front runner in the first round, Kwame Adu’s total votes decreased from 20 to 18, with two other candidates, Sumaila Adams and Nicholas Sarkodie obtaining 10 and 7 respectively.
The result meant none of the three contestants emerged as presiding member of the assembly, after six attempts on three different occasions.
The District Chief Executive, Mr. Peter Mensah was obviously disappointed at the turn of event since failure to elect a PM is seriously affecting work of the assembly.
The DCE was, however, confident that a substantive presiding member would be elected at the next General Assembly meeting and urged assembly members to unite for the development of the District.