by Amoh

February 16, 2017

Withdrawals hit Council of State elections

The process to select the 10 regional representatives onto the Council of State appears to have been beset with withdrawals from a number of candidates.

Elections are ongoing after a postponement from Thursday, February 9 by the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC).

The postponement was to allow for the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) to adequately prepare for the process.

But prior to the voting at the respective regional venues, some candidates have written to the Commission to withdraw from the race.

Biggest among these persons suddenly not interested in the race is Former Ningo-Prampram Member of Parliament ET Mensah, who cited personal reasons for his decision.

He had stood in the Greater Accra Region race.

Two other candidates in the Region – Nene Teye Kwesi Agyemang V and Eric Asamani – also withdrew on the day of polls.

In the Brong Ahafo Region, 3news.com’s Paa Kwesi Larry Moses reports that the President of the Regional House of Chiefs, Pimampim Yaw Kagbrese V, who also Omahene of Yeji withdrew from the race “for personal reasons”.

In the Northern Region, Zubaida Ismail reports that three out of the 11 candidates withdrew prior to the polls.

“John Wuni Grumah and Soalisu Shaibu have withdrawn from the contest throwing their weight behind the Kpembi-Wura, Dari Bismarck Haruna,” our reporter said.

In the Eastern Region, 3news.com’s Yvonne Neequaye reported that 10 minutes into the statement-making process before voting, Nana Okrukata, who was 6th on the ballot paper, withdrew his candidature.

Two others later stepped down from the race, our reporter added.

In the Ashanti Region, two out of the 19 candidates withdrew their candidature a day before the polls, William Evans Nkum reported from Kumasi.

It left 17 candidates to win the votes of the 60 members of the electoral college for the single slot.

Octogenarian John Kojoe Erzah, a teacher by profession, withdrew from the Western Region race, leaving five candidates including one woman to vie for the position.

Mr Erzah threw his support for Madam Eunice Jacqueline Buah.

In the Upper West Region, two candidates pulled out of the race on the eleventh hour, according to 3news.com‘s Yakubu Abdul-Gafur.

Volta Region, according to our reporter Robert Abilba, recorded one withdrawal.

There were, however, no withdrawals in the Upper East and Central regions.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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