For two times, the Assembly Members of Ahafo Ano South-East District Assembly (AASEDA) in the Ashanti Region have failed to elect their Presiding Member (PM).
So far, four rounds of elections have been conducted by the Electoral Commission (EC).
The first two rounds of elections were held on April 12, 2022.
The two main contenders for the PM position, Mr Michael Anabigah, Assembly Member for Adukrom Electoral Area, and Mr Emmanuel Kobi-Tumfour, Assembly Member for Asempanaye/ Dwenewoho Electoral Area failed to get the nod.
At end of the second polls, Mr Kobi-Tumfour obtained 17 votes whiles Mr Michael Anabigah had 15 votes.
And on Thursday June 30, 2022, though Mr Michael Anabigah pulled out of the contest citing person reasons, his opponent, Mr Kobi-Tumfour was hugely stunned in his final bid when 17 out of 31 assembly members present said “No” to his bid. One Assembly Member was absent.
Earlier, 17 assembly members had voted ‘Yes’ and 14 voted ‘No’ in the first round of elections, and Mr Kobi-Tumfour was second-guessing to get the endorsement in the second round of polls.
Not particularly enthused about the outcomes of the elections, the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Thomas Owusu Ansah said he’s utterly discontent with voting pattern of the ‘electoral college’.
” This is the second day of holding this election. I thought we have had enough time to do consultations to end the search for PM today.
Even today, I spent about three hours talking to most of you here on the need to select PM at all cost but to no avail. Well, we have another opportunity next time to do the needful…”, he stated after elections.
At the election supervised by the EC were the District Coordinating Director, Mr Kaleem Abdallah Adam and heads of departments, units, security services and agencies.
By: Thomas Awuah, Adugyama