No Show At KMA PM Election

FOR THE second time running, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has failed to elect a Presiding Member (PM) after a meeting at the Miklin Hotel in Kumasi on Friday.

Baffuor Adjei Kesse IV, the Adumhene, who is a government appointee, polled 74 votes as against 59 votes, garnered by his competitor, Nana Kofi Senya, Suame assemblyman.

Ninety-eight votes are the required margin that any of the contestants is supposed to amass in order to be elected as the PM of the recently inaugurated assembly.

None of the two contestants was able to get the 98 votes during two rounds of voting by the assembly three weeks ago thus, the need for fresh elections on Friday.

After both contestants had failed to garner the required number of votes, Francis Dodovi, a government appointee, humbly appealed to Kofi Senya to step down in the interest of Kumasi’s growth.

He said the delay in electing the PM was preventing the assembly from going into serious business which as a result, was delaying Kumasi’s development.

Dodovi’s call seemed to have gone down well with most of the assembly members present as they started shouting ‘Yeah, Yeah,’ obviously to display their support for the call.

Abass Nurudeen, another government appointee, moved that the sitting should be adjourned until 21 days by which time he was sure the necessary consultations would have been made by the two contestants.

But in a sharp rebuttal, Sammy Gyamfi, a government appointee, argued that the sitting should rather be adjourned for just ten minutes for members to decide whether another election should be held or the sitting be adjourned.

Sitting was eventually adjourned for about 30 minutes, paving way for both contestants and their supporters to consult themselves in an attempt to resolve the stalemate but in the end no concrete decision could be reached.

After it became apparent that none of the contestants would step down, the house unanimously agreed that sitting should be adjourned until 21 days when fresh elections would be held.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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