The Municipal Cordinator of the Nation Builders Corp (NABCO), Dennis Obeng Agyei, and the Monitoring and Evaluation Director of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Clement Attafuah, in the Birim Central Municipality, Eastern Region, have been elected as the Assembly Members for the Oda Nkwanta and Towobotom Electoral areas respectively.
Mr. Agyei, affectionately reffered to as Den Sa, who was the incumbent, polled about 1003 votes to retain the seat beating his only contender in the race, Emmanuel Asante Baah who could only manage with some 606 votes.
Den Sa’s landslide victory resulted in wild jubilation across the Principal streets of the community as he was carried shoulder high amidst singing, drumming and dancing.
Ahead of the election, the Oda Nkwanta electoral area was marked as one of the hotspots in the Municipality. Political pundits and radio commentary in the Municipality pointed to a potential face off between the supporters of the two main contenders. However, the election which went deep into the night was largely peaceful.
Clement Attafuah’s victory
Mr. Clement Attafuah, the Municipal Monitoring and Evaluation Director of the Youth employment Agency (YEA) was also elected as the Assembly member for the Towobotom electoral area in a heated election. He beat the incumbent and New Patriotic Party (NPP) Constituency Women Organiser, Abena Nkansah, to win the seat in an election that nearly turned violent.
Slaps and Arrest
About five persons were arrested by the Akyem Oda police command for engaging in a free for all fight at the Towobotom polling station.
The unfortunate incident according to report left scores of voters injured.
According to the police, one Kwame Owusu Asare allegedly slapped one Maxwell Nti, popularly known as Anti, after accusing him of using students from the community nursing training school to vote at the polling station.
Maxwell Nti who proceeded to the police station to report the matter was immediately followed by Kwame Asare and some people to prevent him from doing so resulting in another brawl at the forecourt of the police station.
Report says, it took the swift intervention of the police and the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, to calm nerves.
Meanwhile, although the election is not supposed to be partisan, three people afiliated to the opposition National Democratic (NDC) won in three electoral areas in the 18 member assembly leaving the remaing 15 to people affiliated to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Below is the full list of all newly elected Assembly Members in the Municipality
1.Community 1: Ohenese Appau Ebenezer
2.Guggisberg: Ernest Yaw Amoako
3.PWD Camp: Zina Ruby Salifu
4 Community 2: Castro Addae Assumadu
5 Morning Star – Samuel Owusu
6.Residential: Solomon Dadzie
7.Nkwantanum: Michael Asare Sakyi
10.Asenee: Papa Yaw Nyarko Amoah
11.Ahenebronum: Gabriel Oliver Ofei Adjei
12.Kyeremim No 2: Ayara Nuhu
13.Nyankomasu: Kwabena Appiah Asare
14.Srodai: Yaw Adu *Samule
15 . Oda Nkwanta : Dennis Obeng Agyei
16. Gyadam : Patrick Anim Agyapong
18.Aboabo :Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi