Nana Adu Asare Mensah, Chief of Amakom has advised elected assembly members and government appointees at the Asokwa Municipal Assembly to be concerned with the development of the newly created municipality.
Speaking at the Presbyterian church hall in Asokwa where a meeting had been held to elect a presiding member (PM) at a second attempt, the obviously incensed Chief wondered why the assembly had failed to get one of its own to lead in the deliberations at the assembly.
He urged both elected assembly members and government appointees to close their ranks and ensure that they settle on a compromise candidate to be endorsed at a yet to be determined third meeting date.
Nana Adu Mensah said it is easy as assembly men to put their personal interests above any other consideration but reminded them that they were not voted into office to pursue their personal or parochial interests.
“You are here because your electorates found you worthy to push the development they so desire in their communities so bear that in mind and help to settle on a PM so that Asokwa can move on and chart the path of total development”, the Amakomhene stressed with passion.
Making another passionate appeal to the assembly members at the Municipality, Mr Charles Oteng, Asokwa Municipal Coordinating Director said it was crucial that they had a PM to run affairs at the assembly.
He said with the two persons, Oscar Riches and Bismark Osei Tutu, assembly members for Old Asokwa and Chirapatre respectively failing to secure the required two-thirds majority to be made PM both would have to step aside for fresh elections to be conducted.
Mr Oteng noted that the Local Government Act was silent on the next date to arrange a meeting to possibly elect a new PM but added that the Assembly while putting in place its committees and sub-committees will engage themselves to find a solution to the impasse in Asokwa.
The Coordinating Director posited that it was needful for both the elected and government appointees to settle on a compromise candidate at their next meeting date so that there would a smooth process.
“Even though the Local Government Act is silent on a new date for us to gather here again I urge that you as assembly members deliberate and find a PM within yourselves so that you present him at our next meeting”, Mr Oteng urged.
Earlier in the day, a second meeting to elect a PM for Asokwa Assembly also ended in a deadlock.
This was the second time the assembly had failed to produce a PM between Oscar Riches and Bismark Osei Tutu.
In the first vote conducted last Friday, both aspirants polled 9 votes at the first attempt just as what transpired two weeks ago.
However, Osei Tutu upstaged Oscar Riches in the second round of voting by polling 10 votes to 8.
This was in sharp contrast to what happened in a similar second round of voting last two weeks where Oscar Riches rather led in the second vote with same number of votes.