TOWN HALL MEETING
The Kwahu South District Assembly has held its special Town Hall meeting on the upcoming District level Elections and referendum at the Atuobikrom durbar grounds.
More than 350 participants made up of Traditional authorities, security agencies, Heads of Department, representatives of political parties, hairdressers association, students, traders, youth groups among others.
Hon. Emmanuel Atta Ofori the District Chief Executive said during the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary election, NPP promised organizing a referendum to amend clause 3 of Article 55 to allow political parties to endorse assembly candidates who participate in the District level elections in Ghana.
He said the party also promised that parliament would pass Article 243 (1) for election of Metropolitan, Municipal District chief Executives.
He therefore called on the people to vote yes which is yellow on the ballot paper for them to amend clause 3 of Article 55 to allow political parties to participate in district level election in the country.
Mr Baah, an NCCE Officer in his presentation on purpose of referendum exercise on December 17, 2019 indicated that local government election did not allow political parties to endorse, sponsor and offer a platform to or in any way campaign for or organize a candidate seeking election to a District Assembly or any local government unit.
He said article 55(3) states that “subject to the provision of the article, a political party is free to participate in shaping the political will of the people, the disseminate information on political ideas, social and economic programmes or a national charter and sponsor candidates for election to any public office. Other than District Assemblies”.
THE District Electoral Officer announced that the official colour assigned by Electoral Commission for the referendum was Yellow for YES and Dark brown for NO.
He said when the referendum goes through, it will deepen democracy in Ghana as all election will be partisan.
Mr. Baah reminded them that Article55(3) for the referendum is different from Article 243(1) for the election of MMDCES as such they should educate their people on the referendum on District Assembly and Unit-Committee elections and leave Article 243(1) to parliament to amend.
KWAHU SOUTH DONATES FURNITURE
The Kwahu South District Chief Executive (DCE), Hon. Emmanuel Atta Ofori has handed over 1300 dual & mono desks to the District Education Directorate for distribution to schools in the district to ease congestion and facilitate effective teaching and learning in the schools.
The donation, according to him became necessary due to the numerous calls by community members and educational authorities during his recent tour of communities under his jurisdiction.
He said the desire of government is to ensure quality education is provided to all children of school going age.
Hon. Atta Ofori tasked managers of the schools to exhibit good maintenance culture and ensure the furniture is used for its intended purpose and advised the pupils to take their studies serious to become the country’s desired future leaders.
He pledged the Assembly’s readiness to commit more of its resources in providing facilities such as school infrastructure and teaching and learning materials to ensure quality human resource is produced for the nation’s development.
The District Director of Education’s representative, Mr. Wiafe for his part, commended the Assembly for their constant support to the educational development of the area.
He noted the donation was timely and pledged his outfit’s readiness to take proper care of the furniture and appealed to institutions and development partners in the district to come to the aid of the directorate.
TERTIARY STUDENTS IN KWAHU SOUTH AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS
Fifty – Five students in the Kwahu South District of the Eastern Region have been awarded a government scholarship at a cost of over GHC60,000.
The government through the Scholarships Secretariat has decentralised the scholarship scheme to ensure fair and equitable beneficiaries in all district, municipal and metropolitan assemblies.
Some 150 students who are natives and residents of Kwahu South applied to the Assembly after an open announcement on various news outlets.
After shortlisting a number of applicants and subsequent interviews in an exercise to ensure impartiality, 55 students were finally selected to benefit from the financial support for the 2019/2020 academic year.
The scholarship which covers only tuition fees depended on the institution of study and the course being pursued.
Some of the students are pursuing diploma and degrees at various Colleges of Education, Technical Universities, Nursing Training Colleges and Universities within and outside the eastern region.
At a short ceremony at the office of the District Chief Executive to present the letters to the students, Hon. Emmanuel Atta Ofori, said it was the desire of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to see all Ghanaian Youth not denied the best of education.