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Bono Regional Minister finally approved by Parliament

Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson

The president’s nominee for Bono Regional Minister Evelyn Kumi-Richardson was Friday confirmed by Parliament after a secret ballot.

A total of 210 Members of Parliament voted to determine her fate following a disagreement between the Minority and Majority over her approval.

After the secret ballot ordered by the Speaker of Parliament, Mike Oquaye, 124 MPs voted Yes for Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson.

85 legislators voted No with one spoilt ballot.

Madam Kumi-Richardson was excluded from the list of nominees vetted by the Parliament’s Appointments Committee when it presented its report to the house on March 26.

The 48-year-old former Municipal Chief Executive for Sunyani who was a subject of controversy as clarifications were sought on several issues including the authenticity of her PhD.

A member of the committee, Sampson Ahi, explained then that the nominee needed to substantiate some statements she made before the committee.

“This was generally agreed that we cannot take a decision on her until she provides those documents, or she provides clarification on those issues as already raised”, he told journalists.

Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joe Osei Owusu said the committee will report back to the house if it finalizes with the vetting of the outstanding member.

The report on her was presented to Parliament, as the house rounded up sitting to rise for the Easter break, but the Minority members on the committee claimed she had failed to provide proof of her academic title on her curriculum vitae.

They therefore opposed her approval but the Majority stood by her.

When the two sides failed to come to a compromise on Friday, April 12, 2019 the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu asked the Speaker to order a secret ballot on the nominee.

Prof Oquaye agreed and conducted a secret ballot, which Kumi-Richardson was massively voted for which translated into her confirmation.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

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