20 Bawku Assembly Members Lost Seats
BAWKU - Twenty out of the 29 incumbent members of Bawku Municipal Assembly who contested the September 26 District Level Elections lost their seats.
Three candidates were, however, retained unopposed in the 32-member assembly, whilst nine retained their seats. A woman out of six women who contested the elections won a seat among the 20 new assembly members.
Madam Beatrice Dahamani, a 49-year-old teacher and a Government appointee to the assembly won the Binduri seat with 1,198 votes as against 915 votes obtained by her closest challenger, Mr Abilla Avoka.
The other contestants Mr Awuni Lamar had 371 votes and Mr Shagda had 143 votes.
In another keenly contested seat at Manga, Mr Josepgh Akparibo Akologo had 757 votes to beat Ms Abindaw Theresa who obtained 566 votes to retain his seat, Mr Musah Gambo had 375 votes and Mr Elijah Aziesum had 293 votes.
Mr Bosco Azu Bawku Municipal Electoral Officer, speaking to the Ghana News Agency said a total of 37,453 out of 92,271 eligible voters representing 40 per cent cast their votes in the 29 electoral areas during the elections in the three constituencies within the municipality.
He said other results were being compiled and would be released soon.
Unity Breeds Development - Assemblyman-elect
TALENSI - The Assemblyman for Duusi in the Talensi-Nabdam District of Upper East Region, Mr Williams Gana Sampana, has stressed the need for unity among the electorate to accelerate the areas development.
He said “No meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of disunity.”
Mr Sampana made the call at a victory rally at Duusi to express his gratitude to the people for electing him to represent them in the assembly. He appealed to the people especially the defeated candidates to bury their differences and rally behind him to develop the area.
Mr Sampana announced that he would soon mobilize the women into groups to enable them acquire loans from the assembly and other financial institutions to undertake income generation ventures to improve their living standards.
He said with the introduction of the capitation grant and the school feeding programme, school enrolment had increased and the few schools in the area could not admit the pupils.
Mr Sampana pledged to negotiate with the assembly and stakeholders in education in the area to ensure that more schools were built to cater for all school-going children.
He expressed appreciation to the electorate for the confidence reposed in him and pledged to work assiduously to improve the road network in the communities through the assembly.
Mr Sebastian Bisnab, Talensi-Nabdam District Chief Executive, told the people that the assembly concept was about development and needed all hands on deck. He appealed to the people to rally behind the assemblyman and support him to develop the area.
"Opinion leaders, unit committee members, traditional authorities, the youth and community members have a role to play towards development, and not the assemblyman alone," he added.