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Cape Coast MCE nominee rejected for the second time

The nominee for the position of Metropolitan Chief Executive for Cape Coast, Mr. Ernest Arthur has been rejected for the second time by Assembly Members.

The nominee for the position of Metropolitan Chief Executive for Cape Coast, Mr. Ernest Arthur has been rejected for the second time by Assembly Members.

READ ALSO: Cape Coast Assembly rejects President’s nominee

In a vote on Wednesday night (October 6), he failed to secure the two-thirds majority endorsement.

He polled 40 out of the 65 total valid votes cast representing 61.5 percent.

He needed an additional four votes to gain the two-thirds majority.

At the first voting, he had 34 out of the 65 votes cast, and even though he had been able to gain six additional votes, he needed an extra four to sail through.

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The election was characterized by tension. There was a heavy security presence.

The session which was expected to start at 4 pm on Wednesday started after 8 pm.

He is now expected to go for a third time attempt on a new date yet to be decided.

After failing to get the nod on Wednesday, the Presiding Member announced that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had re-nominated Mr. Arthur through a wireless message.

He had, therefore, wanted another voting go-ahead that very night around 11 pm.

But some assembly members demanded official evidence of his re-nomination.

Not too sure about their resolve, the second voting which was about to begin was halted.

The Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan together with top members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Central Region, the nominee himself, Mr. Ernest Arthur, and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South, Mr. Kweku Ricketts Hagan, who is also a member of Cape Coast Assembly went into a meeting to help get members to support the nominee and vote for him.

This led to them deciding to reschedule to another day.

Around midnight the meeting was dissolved.

Prior to voting on Wednesday, the Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Assan knelt down to appeal to the assembly members to vote the nominee to become MCE.

She said the metropolis was going to suffer a great deal if they failed to endorse him to continue projects he had started.

“If we fail to endorse him, it will take a heavy toll on Cape Coast because projects he started may not be continued and this will affect us all regardless of our political color.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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