Talensi By-Election Set For July 7

Nachinab Doameng Mosore
Following the resignation of Robert Nachinab Doameng Mosore, Member of Parliament for Talensi constituency in the Tongo District of the Upper East Region, the Electoral Commission (EC) has set Tuesday, July 7, 2015 as the date for the by-election in the constituency.

The date is in accordance with Article 112(5) of the Constitution as amended by Section 3 of Act 527.

Amadu Sulley, deputy chairman (operations), EC, in a statement released yesterday, said the Commission would take nominations for the said by-election on Tuesday, 23rd and Wednesday, 24th June, 2015 at the district office of the Commission at Tongo from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

He said nomination forms might be obtained from the district office of the Commission or at the Regional Office in Bolgatanga.

Mr Sulley said candidates for the election should provide two recent photographs (bust) showing the full face and both ears with red background on the submission of their nomination forms.

He said the filing fee for the election is GH¢1,000, urging all interested individuals and political parties to take note and act accordingly.

Mosore’s Resignation
Mr Mosore on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, announced through the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, his resignation from occupying the Talensi seat after his enskinment as paramount chief of Tongo.

In April 2015, Mr Mosore, who was representing the people of Talensi on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), ascended the throne of the Tongo paramountcy under the name, Tongo-Raana Kolbilsong Namalteng, following the death of Tongo-Raana Sapaalug-Namalteng Boara Yenga Kolbil.

However, he came under severe criticism, particularly from the majority National Democratic Congress (NDC) side of the House, for not officially informing the legislature about his enskinment.

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, the majority chief whip, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, drew first deputy speaker Ebo Barton-Odro’s attention to the issue, arguing that the NPP MP should have resigned his seat before contesting the paramountcy.

Barton-Odro, who was then presiding over the sitting, gave a sixteen-day ultimatum to the Talensi MP to either be heard or seen in the House, failure of which the House would have no other option than to refer him to the Privileges Committee for questioning.

Mr Mosore subsequently submitted his letter of resignation to Parliament which was read out on the floor of the House.

Mr Mosore said he took the decision to honourably resign from his Talensi parliamentary seat because he didn’t want people to malign him.

He said he felt very uncomfortable when he became the subject of discussion at a plenary sitting in Parliament recently when the member for Asawasi, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, brought up the issue.

By Cephas Larbi
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