Akuapem South Assembly rejects President Mahama’s nominee

President John Mahama

The Akuapem South District Assembly on Tuesday rejected Mr Winston Kwadwo Afari Djan, the President’s Nominee, as the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area during a special meeting.

The election of DCE became necessary due to the creation of the new District out of the former Akuapem South District with Nsawam as its capital.

The meeting began with an appeal by the nominee to members to bury all their differences and confirm him to speed up the development agenda of the newly created district.

Unfortunately after the voting, Mr Afari Djan, a Proprietor of Graceland Preparatory School at Aburi, failed to get the required two-thirds of the total votes cast to become the DCE for the newly created district.

He polled 21 votes out of 32 and by the Local Government Act, Act 468; Mr Afari Djan needed at least 22 votes to cross the “bridge”.

The Eastern Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr Paul Boateng, who supervised the election told the assembly members that per the constitution, Mr Afari Djan had more than 50 percent votes therefore another election would be conducted within 10 days.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Victor Smith, witnessed the election.

Source: GNA

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