The third Assembly of Ningo Prampram District failed to elect a Presiding Member after two rounds of voting. The contestants, Hon. Solomon Djangmah (candidate 1) and Hon. Nartey Mensah Nathan (candidate 2) both failed to obtain the two-thirds majority approval of 23 valid votes from the assembly.
In the second round of the voting, candidate one obtained a total of twenty-two (22) votes whilst candidate 2 obtained eleven (11) votes. The first round saw three candidates contesting. Candidate 1, Solomon Djangmah obtained nineteen (19) votes, candidate 2, Norman William Jr had three (3) votes and candidate 3 obtained eleven (11) votes. Following this outcome, candidate 2 was eliminated from the second round.
According to the Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Charles Botchey Jr., re-elections for the Presiding Member position should be held within the next ten (10) days. Presiding over the elections, Mr. Botchey indicated that the inaugural and swearing-in ceremony is in fulfilment of section 6 of section 18 of the Local Government Act, 2016 (ACT 936).
Preceding this, the District Magistrate Judge, His worship John Evans Ocran swore into office the elected Assembly members together with the Government Appointees and the Unit Committee members.
In totality, thirty-four (34) members were sworn into the third Assembly of the District. This (34), consisted of the Member of Parliament for the District, the District Chief Executive, ten (10) Government Appointees and twenty-two (22) elected members.
Advising the members of the Assembly, the District Chief Executive admonished them to work assiduously and sacrificially for the development of the District. He congratulated the re-elected members and entreated them to bring aboard their rich experiences for the advancement of the Assembly.
Delivering an address at the ceremony, Dr. Anthony Insiah Asare, representing the President of the Republic of Ghana, charged the Assembly members to “advance the implementation of government Programmes in the coordinated programme of Economic and Social Development Policies 2017-2024.” He also urged them as part of their duties to work jointly with institutions such as land valuation division of the lands commission, which would allow them grow the internally Generated Funds of the district which is in line with governments’ efforts to enhance internal revenue.
Addressing the canker of haphazard springing up of slums and unplanned development, in the district, he urged the members to make use of the bye-laws in their various communities to ensure compliance with sanitation management and maintain a clean and healthy environment. He further tasked the assembly to explore avenues such as one District one factory to offer sustainable employment to the youth in the District.
He exhorted them to remain united, be devoted to their duties selflessly, be accountable stewards and participate actively at the assembly to deepen the decentralization process.
The Member of Parliament for the District, Hon. Sam George Nartey who graced the occasion congratulated the Assembly members. He, however, raised an anomaly in the constitution of the members of the Assembly. On his part, subject to the interpretation of article 242(d), the government appointees should not be more than 30% of the assembly.
However, the assembly has ten (10) government appointees instead of seven (7) violating the 30% constitution of the appointees. Nonetheless, the program proceeded smoothly.
The ceremony was also graced with the presence of other high profiled dignitaries including Mr. Abeeku Amissah the representative of the Greater Accra Regional Minister, the Traditional rulers led by Nene Tetteh Wakah III Paramount chief of Prampram and Nene Kanor Attipah III, Mankralo and Ag. President of the Ningo Traditional Council.
Nene Kanor Attiapah III advised the Assembly members to promote peace, eschew pride, land and chieftaincy disputes and work hand in hand with the traditional leaders.
The chairman of the occasion Nene Wakah III also admonished the members to maintain communication with their electorates to identify and prioritise their basic needs and also serve them better.
The ceremony took place at the forecourt of the District Assembly Annex, on Thursday 24th January 2020