Confusion Rocks Ashanti Region Council of State Elections over Photographed Ballots

Confusion Rocks Ashanti Region Council of State Elections over Photographed Ballots
Nana Owusu Achiaw Brempong (in traditional cloth)

As it is prescribed in Article 89 of the 1992 Constitution that there shall be a Council of State to counsel the President in the performance of his functions, therefore each region by the constitutional requirement supposed to select one person to represent at the council through secret balloting.

Against this backdrop, Friday, February 12, 2021, was slated for the election of candidates vying for regional representative positions across the country.

In the Ashanti Region, the exercise to elect a representative for the Council of State was rocked with disagreement and confusion as agents for the various candidates protested against a section of the delegates who spotted taking photographs of their ballots.

The Ashanti Regional Electoral Commission officer Mr. Benjamin Bannoh Bio, who supervised the exercise registered his displeasure about the action of some of the delegates and as a result invited armed police to whisk away one of the offenders, Presiding Member for Suame Municipal Assembly, Maxwell Ofosu Boakye.

However, in the course of been taken away after he cast his ballot, another scuffle ensued between the delegates leading to a halt of voting.

2 persons out of the 8 vying for the position, a journalist, Justice Baffuor Awuah, and a teacher, James Adusei Sarkodie later stepped down.

After the election, the incumbent Nana Owusu Achiaw Brempong pulled 77 votes to emerge the winner against 6 votes for the second candidate Nana Bobbie Ansah Bonwhirehene while James Nana Prempeh had 3 votes.

Emmanuel Boateng, Adams Boakye Yiadom, and Sulemana Seidu polled zero.

In his victory speech, Nana Owusu Achiaw Brempong solemnly pledged to do his best to ensure he offers credible and reliable counsel to the President and his team in pursuance of the constitutional mandate of the Council of States.

“I cannot do this alone. It is the teamwork that has brought us this victory and I humbly beseech you all to continue to extend your good counsel and support to enable me to be effective in the discharge of my duties for the benefit of the Ashanti region in particular and Ghana as a whole” Nana Owusu Achiaw Brempong stressed.

He, therefore, expressed his sincere appreciation to all those who supported him in the past four years during his tenure as the Ashanti regional representative on the 7th Council of State of the Republic.

Isaac Nsiah Foster