General News Sat, 21 Apr 2001

Council of State candidate disqualified

Mr Frederick Okyere-Henaku, 73, a retired educationist and one of the eight candidates slated to contest elections for the Volta Region seat on the Council of State has been disqualified for not hailing from the region.

Mr Mohamed Adoquaye, Volta Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency, said the disqualification is in accordance with Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) (Election), Regional Representation on Council of State 1993.

Mr Adoquaye cited Article 2, Section C of the Instrument according to which a person is qualified to be elected as Regional Representative of the Council of State, who is resident in and hails from the region for which he or she is seeking representation.

He said Mr Okyere-Henaku though resident at Ho comes from the Eastern Region.

Ghana News Agency investigations revealed that Mr Okyere-Henaku has been living in Ho for more than 20 years.


He was not available at home when contacted by telephone for his comments.

Of the remaining seven candidates are a clergyman and six chiefs.

Mr Adoquaye said nine out of the 12 districts in the region have so far submitted the names of their representatives to the Regional Electoral College.

The Electoral College is expected to have 24 members made up of two representatives each from the District Assemblies.

The Electoral Commission and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development would determine the date of the election.

Source: GNA