Bolgatanga East Assembly again fails to elect PM

The Bolgatanga East Assembly in the Upper East Region has for the second time failed to elect a Presiding Member (PM) after two rounds of voting.

On Thursday, January 23, this year, the second assembly was inaugurated with 16 elected and eight appointed assembly members, however, it could not successful elect a new PM, hence the election was postponed.

After the first and second rounds of voting, Mr Martin Ayimbire Akanane, the assemblyman for Zuarungu Central Electoral Area had 10 votes in each round, while his counterpart, Mr Bismarck Akolgo, assemblyman for Zuarungu Electoral Area had 14 votes in each round.

Though one assemblyman was absent and therefore could not vote, none of the candidates had the two-third majority as stipulated by the Local Government Act to be declared a winner.

Speaking to the media after the failed attempt to elect the PM for the second time, Reverend Emmanuel Abugre Abole, the District Chief Executive (DCE) expressed disappointment at the conduct of the assembly members.

The DCE said with the experience of some old assembly members gained from how the first assembly elected the previous PM, he expected same to have been replicated to ensure a smooth running of the assembly.

Mr Abole explained that the election of a PM was critical in the even distribution of development projects across the districts as it paved the way for various committees to be formed and projects adopted to fairly benefit every electoral area.

He urged the assembly members to build consensus to enable them to elect a PM in their next attempt to accelerate the development of the young district. The elections were conducted by the Electoral Commission.

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