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Ambassador Nyamekye Marfo Chairs B/A NDC.

Former Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister and Ghana's ambassador to Algeria, Ambassador Kwadwo Nyamekye Marfo, has been elected unopposed as the Brong-Ahafo Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress, (NDC).

The 925 delegates of the NDC who gathered at the Jubilee Park also renewed the mandate of two regional executives of the party at their 9th regional delegate's conference in Sunyani.

The two, Regional Secretary Dennis Yeboah Twumasi and Regional Zongo Coordinator Alhaji Baba Amadu Gausu contested in the election unopposed.

In the fiercely contested Regional Organiser position, Mohammed Seidu led the pack with 543 votes, leaving Opoku Mensah Prince and Akwasi Lampo with 198 votes and 114 votes respectively.

The Vice Chairmanship contest saw Alhaji Ibrahim Gariba polling 434 votes to beat his opponents, Mr. Kwadwo Takyi-Arhin and Alhaji Nasiru Yusifu Farara, who secured 212 and 200 votes respectively.

Mohammed Shamsudeen garnered 408 votes to become the Deputy Regional Secretary after beating Donkor Isaac, who secured 289 votes and Mohammed Abdul Razak-156 votes.

The voting process was halted at a point, due to some missing names from the delegate register of some constituencies.

However, the swift intervention of the election committee, the Electoral Commission, and some party gurus contained the situation.

Earlier on Friday, the delegates elected Agnes Kusi, former Sunyani West DCE and Fati Abubakar as Women's and Deputy Women's Organisers respectively, while Thomas Worlanyo Tsekpo and Owusu Ababio Nkrumah were endorsed Youth Organiser and Deputy Youth Organisers respectively.

Before the elections got underway, the Brong-Regional Police Command cautioned the delegates to comport themselves well.

Chief Inspector Augustine Kingsley Oppong, the Regional Police Public Relations Officer told The Chronicle that, the police were not going spare trouble makers. Chief Inspector Oppong also reminded the police personnel to remain professional on duty.

Mr. Kwame Anning Frimpong, the Chairman of the party Election Committee assured that the elections were going to be conducted peacefully.

The newly elected executives were sworn into office by the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

In the Northern Region, The Chronicle monitored election of The Chief of Tugu-Yapala in the Dagbon Traditional Area, Alhaji Ibrahim Mobila, is the new Northern Regional Chairman of the NDC.

The 80 year old commercial farmer, who contested for the third time, beat his main contender, Godfred A. Wumbei, the outgoing regional Organizer by 96 votes.

Running against other NDC stalwarts including a former Northern Regional Minister, Moses Bukari Mabengba, Mobila's victory was not surprising because he had a solid campaign team and messages that appealed to the delegates.

Before the elections, the media discussions in Tamale indicated that his endorsement of former President John Dramani Mahama's 2020 Presidential bid was going to influence his victory.

A former District Chief Executive for Central Gonja, a Lawyer, Sualisu Be-Awuribe won the regional Secretary position. Abdul Mumin Alhassan Fuseini was retained as the regional Communication's Director.

A former District Chief Executive for West Gonja, Kassim Bakari Ali won as the Regional Treasurer while Alhaji Hassan Rufai Ahmed Vellim was elected as the first Vice Chairman.

The other elected officers are, Hajia Nafisah Alhasssan, Women's Organizer, Abdullah A. Baba Zee, the Organizer and Alhaji Inusah Mahama as the Youth Organiser.
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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
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Date:Sep 6, 2018
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