Nii Kotei Dzani, 8 others elected to Council of State

The elections onto the Council of State were held in all regions of the country except the Upper East where a court injunction was placed on the exercise.

An economist, Dr Nii Kotei Dzani emerged winner in the contest yesterday to elect a representative to represent the Greater Accra Region on the Council of State, reports Kingsley Asare.

The 37-year old economist polled 20 out of the 32 valid votes cast to beat twelve other contenders.

Dr Dzani’s closest contender Nene Atiapa III, who was tipped to win the slot to represent the people of the region on the Council of State, won 12 votes while the other contenders had zero.

The election of members onto the Council of State was held simultaneously in all the ten regions across the country.

That for the Greater Accra Region was held at the regional office of the Electoral Commission at Amasaman.

A leading member of the National Democratic Congress and former Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Enoch T. Mensah, who vied to contest for a seat on the council in the dying moments to the elections, decided to withdraw from the race.

Though Mr Mensah’s decision to contest the Council of State elections drew sharp criticisms from members of the general public because of his association with the NDC, he was tipped to give the other two contestants- Dr. Dzani and Nene Atiapa, a good run for their money.

Dr. Dzani, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Ideal Finance Holdings, in his short address after the election, expressed gratitude to the electorate for the confidence reposed in him to lead the region on the Council of State.

He pledged to work assiduously to bring development to the Greater Accra Region to improve the lives of the residents in the region.

Dr Dzani is an entrepreneur and businessman par excellence, with extensive business experience as an economist and business owner with a proven record of successful entrepreneurship having established over eight companies within five years.

His desire is to transform Groupe Ideal into a world class conglomerate. The former Barclays Bank and Canal Capital Executive was also voted Emerging Man of the Year 2014 by Accra-based VIASAT1 Television.

Dr Dzani has a rich and enviable experience in strategic innovation, business strategy and marketing; branding and human resource management coupled with his in-depth expertise in SME advisory service, asset management, development and financing of projects.

In addition, he has carried out extensive research on microfinance and commercial banking.

Dr Dzani is an accomplished individual, a motivated self-starter and an excellent negotiator with the credibility to engage and influence business at all levels.

At the close of nominations, a total of 113 contestants had vied for positions on the Council, comprising 107 men and six women.

The election of members onto the Council of State to “counsel the President in the performance of his functions,” is sanctioned by the 1992 Constitution.

The Paramount Chief of Twifo Mampong, Obrempong Appiah Nuamah II yesterday picked up the slot to represent the Central Region on the Council of State in a keenly contested election reports David Yarboi Tetteh.

He polled 11 votes out of the 38 votes cast with Prof Ato Essuman, two time member obtaining nine votes.

Two delegates from the Ajumako –Enyan-Assiam District who would have completed the electoral college of 40 delegates did not turn up for the election.

Nana Samuel Brew Butler, former president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) managed to garner seven votes, Neenyi Ghartey VII, Paramount Chief of Effutu traditional area had seven votes, Okatekyi Dr. Amenfi VII, Paramount Chief of Asebu traditional area,had four votes while Safohene George Frempong, Central Regional Co-ordinator of Inclusive Education had no vote.

The election was supervised by the Central Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (E.C), Mrs Philomena Adusei.

In his acceptance speech, Obrempong Appiah Nuamah II, who is also the Vice President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs, expressed his appreciation to the delegates for the confidence reposed in him.

He explained that he would play his role dispassionately as a member of the Council of State in line with efforts geared towards developing the country.

He further said that as a representative from the Central Region, he would also tap into some of the initiatives of the other contestants so far as it would inure to the benefit of the country.

From Sekondi Clement Adzei Boye, Sekondi reports that Madam Eunice Jacqueline Buah, a 52-year old businesswoman, was elected by the Electoral College here to represent the Western Region on the Council of State, at a voting supervised by the Electoral Commission (EC) yesterday.

She polled 24 out of the 44 votes cast to beat his main challenger, Mr. Ntori Bonkyi Akomea, 49, businessman, who obtained10 votes.

Enoch Bart-Plange, 23, student, got zero, Lt. Col. Anthony Aduhene, 60, retired military officer, three, and Mr. Samuel Ebbah Boadi, 61, businessman,had seven.

Mr. John Kojoe  Erzah,  83, an educationist  earlier withdrew and supported Madam Buah.

The Electoral College was constituted by two representatives each from the 22 districts of the Western Region.

In her speech, Madam Buah pledged to champion the interest of the region, adding that she would consult other candidates for ideas to develop the Western Region.

“I will not disappoint you. We will work for progress and development,” she added.

Later, the Western Regional Director of the EC, Mr. Stephen Opoku -Mensah described the exercise as successful.

“It’s been a peaceful exercise,” he added.

A 73-year old retired journalist Kwadwo Agyenim-Boateng from Kyeremasu in the Dormaa West District of the Brong-Ahafo Region yesterday won the Council of State membership elections held in Sunyani to represent the region, reports Daniel Dzirasah.

The election which was conducted by the Electoral Commission saw Mr. Agyenim-Boateng garnering 21 votes to beat competition from his close challenger Nana Osei Yaw Barima, a Biochemist and Chief from Chiraa near Sunyani who was highly tipped to carry the day.

He polled 11 votes out of the 50 Electoral College.

Before the election, Pimampim Yaw Kagbresse V, Yeji Manhene and President of the Regional House of Chiefs withdrew from the contest with no apparent reasons.

Also, Osahene Kwaku Aterkyi II, Kukuomanhene and former President of the Regional House of Chiefs polled two votes.

In all, 11 people filed their nomination to contest the election.

Speaking to the media after the polls, Mr. Agyenim-Boateng who was former manager of  the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) thanked the delegates for voting for him, assuring that he would represent the best interest of the region.

The Brong-Ahafo Region he noted need a dynamic leadership and unity to advise the president to achieve his dream adding that he would also highlight the enormous potential and opportunities in the area to ensure the needed developments to the people.

Two districts thus Nkoranza North and South out of the 27 municipal and district assemblies in the region could not take part in the election because they do not have assembly members.

From Koforidua, Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko and David Kodjo reports that Businessman and Chief of Kwahu Asakraka, Nana Somuah Mireku-Nyampong III has won the Eastern Region Council of State elections.

The 63-year-old chief polled 26 out of 52 valid votes cast to win the elections supervised by the Eastern Regional Director of the EC, Mrs. Faith Amedzake at the Eastern Regional Coordinating Council.

His close contender, Afari Apeadu Donkor had 23 votes whilst the others including Emmanuel Amofa had two, Robert Adu-Mantey, one, Michael Oteng Yeboah,  Kwadwo Kwayisi Dan,  Nana Dr Boni Abankro V and John Danquah Asiedu, all obtained no vote.

Three others including Professor Samuel Kingsley Botwe Asante, Nana Okrukata V and Anthony Yaw Dzorkpata were said to have redrawn before the elections which started at about 10:40 am.

In a victory speech, Nana Somuah Mireku-Nyampong III pledged not to be a sycophant but would be truthful in his advise to the President.

He explained that the region was a heterogeneous one and promised not be tribalistic or selective adding that he would represent the region in a positive light and would not disappoint his people.

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