‘Council of State contestants submit nomination forms’

Officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the Ashanti Region have begun receiving nominations forms filed by persons seeking to contest in the Council of State elections for the region.

It opened nominations for the election of regional representatives to the Council of State on Monday ahead of the poll slated for February 12, 2021.

The commission explained that every nomination must be proposed and seconded by two registered voters and supported by 20 registered voters in the region and the consent of the candidate must be endorsed.

It said copies of the nomination forms may be downloaded free of charge from the EC’s website (www.ec.gov.gh) and completed in triplicate.

Benjamin Bannor-Bio, Ashanti Regional Director of the Commission, said three persons had successfully filed their nominations to contest for the Council of State regional elections and indicated that as it is required by law, every region must have a representative on the Council of State and in line with preparation from February 1 to 4 applicants had started filing.

“This time they (applicants) did not have to come to our office to pick the forms but download them from our website and print them out and after completion, they submit within the stated time period.

“They need to get a proposer and a seconder and 20 other persons to serve as supporters and all of them must be registered voters in the region and the candidate must also be a registered voter in the region.

“So far, we have received nominations from three candidates and others are also working on completing the processes of filling the forms and filing same and one of the aspirants expressed his intention for contesting the polls,” Mr Bannor-Bio disclosed.

“I stand for the youth, I must say I have the course of the youth at heart because there must be a bridge of the gap between the youth, the grassroots, and the presidency again we can say that there is a lot of abandoned projects.

“If I become a member of the Council of State, periodically I will meet with the Ashanti Regional Caucus of the Members of Parliament, the ministers from the region, and the Chief Executive Officers of the various agencies of the government to sit and find ways of making the region better,” she stated and pleaded anonymity –citinewsroom.com

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