The nominee District Chief Executive for the Birim North District in the Eastern Raymond Nana Damptey Region has been turned down.
He received 14 votes in favor versus 24 votes against.
The electorate included 26 elected members of the congregation and 12 government officials.
He becomes the third candidate to be rejected in the eastern region.
Two female nominees for Victoria Adu and Comfort Asante in the Birim Central and New Juaben North parishes were rejected last week.
The DCE candidate for Achiase, Richmond Kofi Amponsah Adjabeng, was the first victim but was confirmed by alleged violence and vote manipulation on Sunday, October 3, 2021.
The DCE’s appointment to Birim North was marked by fierce opposition from chiefs and some constituency boards and supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party in the region.
Thirty-seven (37) chiefs and eleven constituency leaders of the ruling New Patriotic Party opposed the renaming of District Chief Executive to Birim North Raymond Nana Damptey.
The Chiefs’ vote of no confidence was passed in Abirim on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 after various reasons were given for the decision.
Leaked audio containing threats against chiefs in the area by supporters of the DCE was also played at the chief’s meeting.
Of the 42 chiefs present, 37 voted against the DCE, while 4 voted for him with a false ballot.
President of the Association of Chiefs in Obrempong Kwasi Amo Tweretwie I said the DCE is incompetent and disrespectful, so they cannot work with him and so should not be reappointed.
The East Regional Minister Seth Kwame Acheampong has now called on the members of the assembly to look beyond personal problems with the nominees and to consider facilitating the development of the districts in order to confirm the nominees and to support the swift implementation of government policies and programs .
He hopes that the rejected candidates and about four other candidates who have yet to be voted on will be confirmed in subsequent elections.