Nana Saa Gyamfuaa II, Queen mother of Anyimah in the Kintampo South District was on Wednesday elected to represent the Region on the Council of State.
In an election supervised by the Brong-Ahafo Regional Directorate of the Electoral Commission in Sunyani, Nana Gyamfuaa garnered 32 out of the 54 valid votes cast by an Electoral College made up of two representatives each from the 27 Municipal and District Assemblies in the Region
She was followed by Mr Joseph Henry Owusu-Acheampong, her main opponent and immediate-past representative of the Region, who had 22 votes.
Mr Daniel Kwaku Dartey, a tutor at Chiraa Senior High School in the Sunyani West District, withdrew his candidature to support Mr Owusu-Acheampong before voting began.
Mr Raphael Cubagee, a 40-year-old farmer from Sunyani and Mr Evans Ofori Mensah, a 21-year-old unemployed, were the other contestants but each of them had no vote.
Six candidates filed their nominations but Pemapem Yaw Kagbrese V, Paramount Chief of Yeji Traditional Area in the Pru District withdrew his nomination before the election.
Elated Nana Gyamfuaa, a 43-year- old business woman, said her victory was a divine intervention.
“It is as a result of the changes in Ghana’s politics with the pendulum of power shifting from the old to the youth in the country, as exemplified by President John Dramani Mahama.”
Nana Gyamfuaa said being a traditional ruler for 18 years and a member of the Kintampo South District Assembly, her election to the Council of State was a challenge and a wake-up call for the youth in the Region to contribute their quota in diverse ways to accelerate development in the Region.
She appealed to the people in the Region unite and support an effective and dynamic member of the Council of State to give wise and insightful counseling to President Mahama.