Otumfuo tells chiefs interested in partisan politics to abdicate



Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has asked chiefs who want to engage in partisan politics to abdicate their stools.

It is recalled that about 58 chiefs have recently endorsed the New Patriotic Party’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, during his tour of parts of the Ashanti Region.

However, the Asantehene, at a packed Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs meeting, said “no chef under my supervision would be allowed to dabble in partisan politics to bring the revered chieftaincy institution into disrepute”.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu was addressing the last session of the regional house of chiefs, here, on Wednesday, which was also attended by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu indicated that chiefs must be guided by the honorable office they hold and live above reproach.

He advised chiefs not to be over-excited by freebies that come with the visits of officials of political parties and go overboard in their utterances.

The Asantehene urged chiefs not to dabble in partisan politics to preserve the chieftaincy institution established by their fore-fathers, stressing the advice is not only meant for chiefs in the Ashanti Region but to all those in the Volta, Eastern, Brong-Ahafo and other regions whose allegiance is to the Golden Stool.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu said the EC was to blame for allowing too many political parties to operate in the country.

He emphasised that the failure of the EC to fully enforce the political parties law Act 574, has led to the springing up of groups in the name of political parties.

The Asantehene urged the EC to enforce the law to ensure sanity in the system, stressing that the EC should register and approve every political party only after satisfying itself with all requirements under the political parties law Act 6 574 .

Mrs. Osei pointed out that the political parties would get the list of all the polling stations in every region.

She said the voters register has been finalised and that EC had implemented all the decisions and was in a good position to release it to the political parties.


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