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People cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tesano, Accra, Ghana, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. About 225 polling stations reopened Saturday for an impromptu second day of voting after there were technical breakdowns on the first day of voting, Ghana voting officials announced. Some voters waited in line all day Friday and then returned to vote on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gabriela Barnuevo)
People cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tesano, Accra, Ghana, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. About 225 polling stations reopened Saturday for an impromptu second day of voting after there were technical breakdowns on the first day of voting, Ghana voting officials announced. Some voters waited in line all day Friday and then returned to vote on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gabriela Barnuevo)

Biakoye Rejects DCE …Calls For New Nomination

By: Prosper Agbenyega

Members of the Biakoye District Assembly have rejected the District Chief Assembly nominee, Millicent Kabuki Caboo popularly called Kiki during a voting process that will pave way for her confirmation.

Out of the total 43 votes casted, 18 members voted in her favour while 25 voted against her nomination.

Speaking to some of the Assembly members after the voting exercise which was held in Kwamekrom, it emerged that Millicent Kabuki Caboo was rejected on the premise of the existing conflict between the people of Nkonya and Alavanyo, which situation the Assembly members indicated, requires a man who is strong enough to work things out for peace to return to the area as the DCE.

They said until now, traditional leaders of the two areas have been making fruitful efforts to build peace and cordial relationship among themselves which was working perfectly until the nomination of Millicent Caboo which seem to have collapse all efforts.

They also revealed that, the Assembly is already having a woman as the Presiding Member and that bringing another woman to fill the position as the DCE will not be a right move.

Assembly members also pointed out that what they needed at this time, considering the conflicts that surrounds them, is to have someone who cuts across all these areas who can appeal to all sides in the conflict for solution.

Some assembly members said they were not happy voting against the President’s nominee for the District, but they have no choice than to vote against her in the interest of peace and development.

Opinion leaders averred that, the voting which was to be done in Nkonya was rather held at Kwamekrom because of the conflict, which they said signified a possible movement of the District to Kwamekrom.

Already there is some tension between Nkonya and Worawora where the people of Nkonya are suspecting a possible move of the District to Worawora. This, the opinion leaders said should be addressed properly if the right person is appointed as DCE.

“…but this cannot happen. So we need someone who can maneuver to bring the two feuding sides together to chart a path for peace and development,” they added.

The Assembly members, chiefs and opinion leaders however are calling on the President, Akufo-Addo to make a new nomination and nominate someone who is at the heart of the people and who is capable of leading the peace and development agenda in the District.

In another development, Mr Teddy Ofori, the Municipal Chief Executive nominee for the Hohoe Municipality also failed to secure the approval of the Assembly members for the position.

He secured 24 and 27 votes out of 44 in two rounds of voting, falling short of the two-third requirement-29 votes in the 44-member Assembly.

Meanwhile the President’s nominee for the Municipal Chief Executive for the Keta Municipality, Mr Seth Yormewu, got the nod of the Assembly.

He polled 56 votes in the 70-member Assembly representing 80 per cent approval.

 

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