Nsawam MCE Nominee Rejected

Ben Ayeh sitting beside the ballot box

Ben Ayeh sitting beside the ballot box



BEN Ohene Ayeh, former Public Relations Officer of Ghana Tourism Authority, who has been nominated by President John Mahama as the new Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Nsawam/Adoagyiri in the Eastern Region, failed to secure the two-third votes required to be endorsed as the area’s MCE on Monday.

The darling boy of the Chief of Staff failed to get the majority’s endorsement after securing 27 votes out of 44 total votes. He needed one more vote to get the endorsement.

Mr Ben Ayeh was nominated by the president to replace the former MCE, Mark Annor Dompreh, whose tenure has ended.

DAILY GUIDE learnt that the assembly members failed to endorse Mr Ayeh due to a squabble between the former MCE and the area constituency chairman. The former MCE is reported to have paid GH¢500 to the assembly members on Sunday to vote against the nominee.

Before the assembly members cast their votes to endorse the MCE nominee, two assembly members—Nana Hemaa and Isaac Boabeng—contested for the Presiding Member position but both failed to get the nod after the first round. Nana however stepped down for Isaac Boabeng to contest alone the second time, after which the latter secured the needed votes.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Antwi Boasiako Sekyere, some DCEs and the regional executives of the NDC reportedly left the scene looking furious after the president’s nominee was rejected.

Confusion erupted at the assembly arena when some aggressive supporters of Ben Ayeh got angry and threatened to deal with some of the assembly members who allegedly collected money from the former MCE and voted against the nominee.

The Nsawam/Adoagyiri electoral representative who conducted the election called on the Municipal Assembly to schedule a new date for the conduct of another election.

FROM Daniel Bampoe, Nsawam
 


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