Four members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Jomoro of the Western Region have submitted their documents to contest the incumbent Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Ernest Kofie for the position of the next MCE.
The 1992 Constitution in Article 243(1), and Section 20(1) of the Local Government Act 1993 (Act 462) give the president power to nominate Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to administer the various localities in the country.
The processes leading to the selection of MMDCEs have commenced across the country and interested members of the NPP have already expressed interest.
In the Jomoro Municipality, Mr. Ernest Kofie who is the sitting MCE has already applied to seek re-nomination.
Some residents and members of the Party were with the full conviction that Mr. Ernest Kofie would contest the position unopposed.
They however received the news of the other four persons with utmost surprise.
The four persons are; Ms. Louisa Iris Arde, Jomoro NPP Constituency Communications Director from Ndumsuazo, Ms. Vida Nvida, a staunch NPP member from Half Assini, Mr. Francis Adjei, former Jomoro NPP Constituency Secretary from Half Assini, and Mr. Emmanuel Amihere, Jomoro NPP Researcher and Director of Elections at Tikobo No.2.
Confirming the news to the media on Monday, May 17, 2021, the Jomoro NPP Deputy Communications Director, Mr. Alswell Quarshie said four personalities have successfully submitted their documents to be considered for the position.
“As at 3:20 pm, the following personalities have successfully submitted their documents to be considered for the position of Municipal Chief Executive (MCE)”, he confirmed.
Meanwhile, some residents have been rooted for the incumbent MCE Mr. Ernest Kofie.
According to them, Mr. Ernest Kofie has delivered numerous developmental projects in the Jomoro Municipality.
They believe re-nominating and confirming Mr. Ernest Kofie as their MCE will help the Municipality to develop rapidly.
They stated that they need Mr. Ernest Kofie who is a unifier and a peace-loving person to administer the affairs of the Jomoro Municipal Assembly for another four years.
“Ernest Kofie as Jomoro MCE has helped built three-unit classroom block at Mpasem, built Articulator terminal at Elubo, built three-unit classroom block at Ellenda, built three-unit classroom block at Ellenda Wharf and many more so I will plead with President Akufo-Addo to retain Ernest Kofie to complete the remaining projects”, Joseph Ackah told this reporter.
Meanwhile, the Western Regional MMDCEs Vetting Committee has been instituted and its Chairman is the Regional Minister, Mr. Kobby Okyere Darko-Mensah.
The Vetting Committee is expected to all the prospective candidates on Friday, May 21, 2021, at the Western Regional Coordinating Council (WRCC).