The elections for a regional representative for the Council of State took place on the 15th of February, 2021 at the Western Regional Coordinating Council, Sekondi, supervised by the Electoral Commission.
In address before the elections began, Western Regional Minister Designate, Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, who doubles as MP for Takoradi underscored the importance of the exercise and charged the members of the Electoral College made up of 28 persons to do so decorously.
5 persons,1 female, Mrs Eunice Jacqueline Buah, Mr Ntori-Bonkyi Akomea, 53, self-employed; Mr Daniel Quayson, 65, Finance and Accounting professional, Nana Kwesi, 72, Records and Archival Administrator; and Mr Stephen Herbert Ocran, 68 a Jurist put themselves up for election.
At the first attempt, the Electoral College failed to elect a representative to the Council of State, as two persons, Mrs. Eunice Jacqueline Buah and Mr. Ntori-Bonkyi Akomea both garnered 14 votes each. After an unsuccessful Council election last Friday, February 12, which resulted in a tie, the election was rescheduled for Monday, February 15.
At the second attempt, the regional director of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Angelina Tagoe pronounced Mrs. Eunice Jacqueline Buah, the 56-year-old businesswoman who represented the Region in the last Council polling 24 votes out of the 28 valid votes cast to beat Nana Bonkyi Akomea who had only 4 votes.
In an address, Mrs. Buah expressed gratitude to the Electoral College for reelecting her to represent the region, while assuring that she remains committed at pushing the welfare of the Western Region.
The Council of State in Ghana is a body of prominent citizens, analogous to the Council of Elders in the traditional political system, which advises the President on national issues.
The Council of State was established by Articles 89 to 92 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
ISD: Western Region, Sekondi.