Assembly members of the Berekum West District in the Brong-Ahafo Region have failed to confirm the President’s nominee, Mr. Martin Obeng Adjei, as the District Chief Executive.
Mr. Obeng Adjei, a retired Educationist, polled 12 yes votes, representing 44%, out of the 27 valid votes cast. He needed, at least, 18 votes to be confirmed.
The Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Lawyer Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh, in his earlier remarks, asked the members to shun partisan politics and vote for the development of the newly-created district.
Per the standing orders of the District Assemblies, the result of the election means an outright rejection, and the President may have to nominate another person.
The election was supervised by Mr Eric K. Owusu, Berekum East Municipal Electoral Officer.
In a related development, members of the Jaman North District Assembly have, again, failed to decide on who leads proceedings at their assembly meetings as the Presiding Member.
The current acting Presiding Member, Desmond Tutu Paul’s tenure expired last year, but for reasons yet to be identified, the election of a substantive PM for the assembly has always been a mirage.
The contest, which was initially between two candidates, Yayah Trawule and Osei Abraham, ended up with only Yayah Trawule going to the poll, after Osei Abraham stepped down.
Some assembly members boycotted the process midway, an action which led to the candidate failing to obtain the 2/3 majority of votes cast, leaving the assembly still without a substantive Presiding Member.
Following the turn of events, the assembly could not continue with the remaining agenda for the day.