28 September 2016

WATCH: Blows again as five rounds of voting in KMA election ends in deadlock

kma-blowThe long running bid to elect a Presiding Member for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Tuesday degenerated into confusion again after a fight broke out between Assembly members.

Blows were exchanged for a second time as five rounds of voting ended in deadlock.

Luv FM’s Erastus Asare Donkor who was at the venue reported that, the scuffle began when one Yakubu Tony Aidoo, National Democratic Congress (NDC) constituency Secretary for Asawase accused the assembly members of corruption.

According to him, the Asawase NDC secretary is to blame for the delay in electing a Presiding Member.

His comment angered an assembly member from Ayigya who according to reports, gave Yakubu some dirty slaps.

But for the intervention of some assembly members, Erastus said the scuffle between the two would have turned bloody.

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The scuffle however happened at the blindside of the Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon who is having a meeting with the assembly members prior to the election.

The two contestants are Abraham Boadi popularly known as Opoman who is the Assembly man for the Ridge Nhyiaso Electoral Area and Samuel Adusei.

This was after Nana Kofi Senya – perceived to be the New Patriotic Party (NPP) choice and Nana Adumhene, reportedly the National Democratic Congress (NDC) stepped aside after they failed to secure the two-thirds majority votes required by the law.

The KMA has 147 members, 91 of them elected, 44 appointed and 10 ex-officio members, who are Members of Parliament (MPs). The absence of a Presiding Member is said to be hampering activities at the assembly.

But Erastus Asare Donkor said the election is likely to be called off as many assembly members are filing out of the meeting room angry.

Charged emotions characterised the last meeting to elect a presiding member in May this year.

That election was proceeding peacefully until one assembly member, suspecting the process was being tampered with, demanded to know from the EC official, Mr. Sarpong, how many ballot papers had been printed.

This didn’t go down well with a member of the governing NDC who confronted him. A brawl broke out.

Source: Myjoyonline

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