Members of the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly have unanimously confirmed the President’s nominee for the position of Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the area, after initially rejecting his nomination.
The 15-member assembly, made up of 10 elected members and five government appointees, all voted yes to give the nominee, Alidu Seidu, a 100% endorsement.
The election was supervised by the Deputy Ashanti Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Mr. Lawrence Sarpong.
Alhaji Alidu Seidu had previously been rejected by the assembly when he failed to secure the endorsement of the members, as he secured seven votes (46.7 percent) out of a total 15. Per the local government Act 1993 (Act 462) section 20, if a nominee does not secure the two thirds approval at the first round of voting, but secures more than 50%, the person could get a second chance.
However, Alhaji Seidu got the get the second chance when President Akufo-Addo re-nominated him. Among the dignitaries who graced the second voting included the Asokore Mamponghene, Nana Boakye Ansah Debrah, the former MCE, Nurudeen Hamidan, opinion leaders, as well as members from both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, who represented the President, thanked the assembly members for the outright endorsement of the nominee.
He advised the new MCE to practice an open-door administration that would bring everybody on board and further charged the MCE to always think of how he would bring development to the Asokore Mampong Municipality, as was done by his predecessor.
The Asokore Mamponghene, Nana Boakye Ansah Debrah, had earlier appealed to the assembly members to first consider the progress and development of the municipality, and endorse the nominee.
The immediate past MCE, Nurudeen Hamidan, called for unity among members of the assembly, and charged everybody to rally behind the new MCE.
Alidu Seidu thanked the President, assembly members and the whole municipality for the confidence reposed in him, and pledged to work with everybody.
Source: Ernest Best Anane || The Chronicle, Asokore Mampong