Pru East District Fails to Elect a Presiding Member

At its first ordinary meeting held on Thursday, 7th April, 2022, the Pru East District Assembly failed to elect its presiding member supervised by the District Officer of the electoral commission.

Before the election, the District Coordinating Director, Alhaji Bawa Musah L pleaded with the members to have the Assembly at heart and burry all their individual differences and ensure that the assembly got a presiding member at once. He noted that, failure to elect the presiding member will mean that no decision could be reached at the assembly. He explained that the assembly without a presiding member will negatively be affected at the District Performance Assessment Tool (DPAT) and that will mean apart from the erratic District Assemblies Common Funds the assembly could not get any additional resources to argument its inadequate internal generated funds (IGF).

However, one interesting thing that took the centre stage of the election was the issue of proxy voting which took some time before it was settled that it shouldn’t be allowed. As it is, there is a lacuna in the Standing Order of MMDA, since the Standing Order is silence on the issue of proxy voting, experts of local governance are expected to take it up.

Well, after two rounds of voting, both contestants Hon. Issah Enoch Kofi and the incumbent Presiding Member Hon. Abdul-Karim Issahaku failed to pull the expected number of votes (17) to become the Presiding Member of the Pru East District. The election was then adjourned to be conducted within the next ten days.

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