Council of State elections kick start today

The election to select regional representatives onto the Council of State takes off this morning in all the 10 regions of Ghana.

Every region in Ghana will produce a member to the Council of State according to the Constitution of Ghana.

At the close of nominations on January 26 last month, a total of 113 persons had picked nomination forms to contest for regional positions on the Council of State.

They comprise 107 males and six females and the Electoral Commission gave the breakdown of the contestants as Greater Accra-16, Western Region-six, Central Region-six, Eastern Region-11, and Ashanti Region-19.

The rest are Brong-Ahafo Region-11, Northern Region-11, Upper West-five, Upper East-seven, and Volta Region-21.

The Head of Communication of the Electoral Commission (EC), Eric Kofi Dzakpasu, says the Electoral Commission is set for the elections today.

“We are ready for the elections on February 16 [today],” he said when quizzed by The Ghanaian Times on the preparation of the EC to hold the Council of State elections.

The 1992 Constitution mandates the Council of State under Article 89 to counsel the President in the performance of his functions.

According to the constitution, “the Council is required to consider and advise the President or any other authority in respect of any appointment which is required by the constitution or any other law to be made in accordance with advice of, or in consultation with the Council”.

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