Twenty-eight (28) nominees from the twelve Districts of the Western Region on Friday, February 12, 2021 failed to elect a Council of State representative for the Western Region after a stalemate between two candidates.
Mrs Eunice Jacqueline Buah, who is the incumbent and Nana Ntori-Bonkyi Akomea, both secured 14 votes each out of the 28 total votes cast.
The Western Regional EC Director, Angela Tagoe who declared the results said the election would be rerun between the two on Monday, February 15th 2021.
The Council of State in Ghana is a body of prominent citizens, analogous to the Council of Elders in the traditional political system, which advises the President on national issues.
The Council of State was established by Articles 89 to 92 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
It states, “There shall be a Council of State to counsel the President in the performance of his functions.”
The Council of State should include a former Chief Justice of Ghana, a former Chief of the Defence Staff and a former Inspector General of Police and the President of the National House of Chiefs.
Each region of Ghana also has an elected representative.
The President also appoints eleven members. Members stay in office until the term of office of the president ends.