For the first time in the history of the decentralization concept in the country, a woman is contesting the Ahenbronum Electoral Area in the upcoming district assembly elections, at Juaso, the capital of the Asante-Akim South Municipality.The seat for Ahenbronum electoral area, one of the four electoral areas in the Municipal capital, has never been contested by a woman, only men have over the years, represented the electorate in the area.
The narrative is however different this time as a 25 year-old female teacher seeks to break that age-long routine, in the upcoming District Level Elections scheduled for December 17, this year.
Ms. Rosina Boateng is contesting two other male candidates including the immediate past Assembly Member in what promises to be a fierce contest.
Being the first female to step forward in a male dominated area, she admits that the task ahead would be tough, but upbeat that she would emerge the winner.
She told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that it was time for a woman to be given the opportunity to serve the people after years of male dominance.
She said she was abreast with the challenges facing the people in the electoral area and assured of her commitment to help resolve them through the district assembly, when given the nod.
The aspirant who teaches at the Nsutam DA Primary School in the Eastern Region, believes she has a lot to offer and appealed to the electorate to give her the opportunity to serve them.
She said she had touched base with virtually all potential voters in the electoral area and was hopeful that they would accept her campaign message which hinges on women empowerment, sanitation and security.
Ms. Boateng is among 10 women out of 142 candidates contesting in 46 electoral areas in the Municipality.