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Electoral College of Council of State must be expanded- Sam George


By: Raphael Apetorgbor

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Mr. Sam George Nartey, has called for the expansion of the Electoral College for the election of members of the Council of State.

He says this would help curb down corruption where candidates are alleged to buy votes from delegates.

The Council of State consists of one representative from each region of Ghana, elected in accordance with regulations made by the EC under article 51 of Ghana’s constitution, by an electoral college comprising two representatives from each of the districts in the region, nominated by the District Assemblies in the region, and eleven other members appointed by the President.

The Council of State is enjoined by Article 89 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution to “counsel the President in the performance of his functions”.

The Council is required to “consider and advise the President or any other authority in respect of any appointment which is required by the constitution or any other law to be made in accordance with the advice of, or in consultation with the Council…”

However, Mr. Sam George as he is affectionately called made the suggestion on Metro TV Good Morning Ghana after some defeated candidates alleged vote buying during the election of members of the Council of State.

“The expansion of the electoral college would help in the electing competent candidates and not how much an individual pays to delegates,” he noted.

Mr. Sam George further stated that the expansion will be at a cost to government but it would be useful in electing competence candidates.  

Meanwhile Nana Otuo Siriboe II, the Omanhene of Ashanti Juaben was unanimously elected as Chairman of the 7th Council of State under the Fourth Republic at its maiden meeting.

A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting said the unanimous selection of Nana Otuo Siriboe II, was as a result of his extensive experience in the areas of business, governance, and chieftaincy, coupled with the fact that he had previously served as a member of the Council of State for two terms from 2001 to 2009.

Nana Otuo Siriboe II who holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology was enstooled as the paramount ruler of the Juaben Traditional area in 1971.

Members of the Council include Mr. Sam Okudzeto, a renowned lawyer, Nana Kofi Obiri Egyiri II, a traditional ruler, former Accra Metropolitan Chief Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson, Mrs Alberta Cudjoe and Alhaji Aminu Amadu.

Others are Alhaji Mogtari, Mrs Georgina Adeopa Konadu Kusi, Alhaji Suleman Yirimea, Paa kofi Ansong, Eunice Jacqueline Buah, Nana Appiah Nuamah II, Nii Kotei Dzani, Francis Albert Seth Nyonyo and Nana Somuah Mireku Nyanpong III.

The rest are Kodwo Agyenim-Boateng, Nana Owusu-Nsiah, Lt Gen J. B. Danquah, Nana Owusu Achiaw Brempong, Bo-Na Prof., Yakubu s. Nantogmah, Robert Nachinab D. Mosore, Richard Banini Kanton, Togbe Afede XIV and Dr Margaret Amoakohene.



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