Elections for 10 regional representatives who will advise the President on the Council of State is currently underway across the country.
In the Greater Accra region, the event commenced at 10am at the GA West Municipal Assembly auditorium. There are 32 delegates from the 16 assemblies who would have to choose from 15 candidates for the slot.
Even before the Electoral Commission began the process the former minister under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government Enoch Teye Mensah has withdrawn his nomination.
A letter he signed said the reasons for his withdrawal are personal. Some NDC activists opposed his decision to vie for the position raising questions about how a founding member of the opposition NDC would want to sit in council with its political rival, the NPP.
But Mr Mensah explained that he had worked effectively with both members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and NDC during his political life and would do same as a council of state member.
“If we are able to work together at the Assembly level and in Parliament [why not]?” he justified his nomination.
The former Ningo-Prampram MP lost his party’s parliamentary primaries in November 2015 to end his 23-year parliamentary career.
Some 113 Ghanaians are contesting for a seat at the Council of State as at the close of nominations. Only six of them are females.
The Volta region has the highest number of contestants with 21 persons. This is followed by the Ashanti region – 19, Greater Accra-16, Eastern Region, Brong-Ahafo Region and the Northern Region have 11 contestants each.
The Upper East- seven contestants. The Western Region and Central Region have six while the Upper West region has the least – five.
Two delegates from each of all the region’s metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies will form an electoral college in each region to elect a regional representative.
There are 216 MMDAs which means 432 delegates will decide the fate of 113 aspirants.