The Asokwa Municipal Assembly inaugurated its batch of newly elected persons, whose election came off on the 17th of December, 2019.
Early Thursday morning 11 out of the 12 electoral areas had their elected members sworn into office as the 12th electoral area, Kuwait-Oti-Aprabo is yet to undergo the process due to a pending legal matter.
Six (6) government appointees also took the oath of office at the Presbyterian hall in Asokwa as Rosemarie Afua Asante, a magistrate at the District Court administered both the oath of office and secrecy.
Speaking before the swearing in ceremony, Majority leader in Parliament and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei-Kyei-Mensah Bonsu urged the Asokwa Assembly to work in unity to ensure it generates the kind of development people in Asokwa would want to see.
He asked the Assembly to research into innovative measures to upscale its revenue generation so as to be able to carry out development projects and programs for the benefit of the people.
The Suame legislator and Representative of the President rallied the Assembly to operate a transparent assembly and asked that it carries along the chiefs and people by conducting periodic town hall meetings to discuss and deliberate on matters affecting the people and the Assembly.
He tasked the Assembly to be resolute in enforcing all bye-laws regulating behavior and sanitation issues at the Municipality.
‘’Only a regulated society that abides by laws and laid down practices can generate the needed development and create opportunities for the people to get jobs to do’’, the Majority posited.
PRESIDING MEMBER ELECTIONS:
In the Presiding Member (PM) election, Oscar Riches and Bismark Osei-Tutu, Asokwa Old town and Chirapatre assembly members respectively locked horns with none of them receiving the required two thirds of votes.
In the first vote both Oscar Riches and Osei Tutu polled nine votes apiece throwing the election into a second round.
The scales tilted a little in favor of Mr Riches in the second round of voting as he polled 10 votes with Mr Osei Tutu holding on to 8 votes.
This stalemate has now necessitated the holding of fresh elections in ten days time as prescribed by the Local Government Law.
MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE:
In his succinct remarks before the polls, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Asokwa, Chief Akwannuasa Gyimah urged elected members and government appointees to work in unity to ensure they chart a proper development path for the people of Asokwa.
He asked them to put the development of the municipality above their personal agendas.