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NDC Delegates in Ashanti Elect Old and New Regional Executives; Reject Yamin

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Delegates at Saturday’s Ashanti Regional Congress of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)  opted for a hybrid of old and new executives to run affairs of the party in the next four years.
At the end of the polls that ran till midnight, the one thousand, 338 delegates promoted the former Regional Vice Chairman of the party, Andrews Nana Akwasi as the new Regional Chairman over Joseph Yamin, who was the Regional Secretary before his appointment as a Deputy Youth and Sports Minister by former President, John Mahama.
Nana Akwasi had 669 votes as against Yamin’s 611 votes. The two remaining contenders, T. K. Braimah and Kayad Adu Gyamfi managed only 18 and eight votes.
For the other hotly contested position of the Regional Secretary, a Senior Lecturer at the Kumasi Technical University, Kwame Zu, was also promoted from his previous Deputy Regional Secretaryship to become the new Regional Secretary with 757 of the total votes while his only challenger, Lawyer Evans Amankwaa had 583 votes with three rejected ballots.
Another keenly contested position, Isham Alhassan had a landslide victory with 892 of the votes to become the new Regional Organizer as one of new Executives.
He contended with three other candidates for the position. Alhaji Salisu Musah had 448 votes as the Regional Vice Chairman as one of the new Executives defeating six other aspirants in the process.
For the other positions, Hopeson Kweku was chosen as the new Regional Treasurer, Abass Nurudeen, Regional Communications Officer and Alex Asafo Agyei, Deputy Regional Communications Officer with the highest votes in the elections with one thousand, 129.
The other elected Regional officers are Prince Atta, Deputy Treasurers Matthew Njourkone, Deputy Treasurer and Alhaji Bashiru Amissah, Deputy Organizer.
The winners were officially declared by the Ashanti Regional Director of the EC, Serebuor Quarcoe and inducted by the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah.
In related development, the Regional Youth Organizer and his Deputies as well as the Regional Women Organizer and her Deputies were elected a week earlier in line with the tenets of the NDC.
The Regional Zongo Coordinator, Sumaila Aliu Futah was chosen unopposed.
Mr. Asiedu Nketiah entreated the new Executives to consider their electoral victory as a burden placed on them by the party faithfuls to propel the party to win the next general elections.
They should therefore unite the rank and file of the membership towards that end.

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