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20.11.2008 Politics

C/R House of Chiefs elects new president

By Magdalene Sey, Cape Coast - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Central Regional House of Chiefs on Wednesday elected Daasebre Kwebu Ewusie, Paramount Chief of the Abeadze Domenase Traditional Area, as its new president.

He succeeded Nana Kwamena Ansah, the Omanhen of the Eguafo Traditional Area, whose term of office expired this year. Nana Ansah presided over the house for two terms, spanning eight years.

The election, which was supervised by the Electoral Commission (EC), was also used to elect five chiefs to represent the Central Regional House of Chiefs at the national level.

Nana Kwebu Ewusie polled 15 votes out of a total of 25 votes cast, to beat his contenders, Nana Kwamena Ansah and Otumfuo Amoah Sesraku, who polled nine and one votes respectively.

Okatakyi Dr. Amanfi VII, the Omanhen of the Asebu Traditional Area, was also elected unopposed as the Vice President of the House.

Also Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Omanhen of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Barimah Kwame Nkyi, Omanhen of the Assin-Apimanim Traditional Area, Daasebre Kwebu Ewusie, Okatakyi Amanfi and Nana Appiah Nuamah, Omanhen of the Twifo Traditional Area, were also elected to represent the House at the national level.

In his acceptance speech, Daasebre Kwebu Ewusie, who received cheers and applause from the chiefs, thanked them for the confidence reposed in him to rule the house, and also commended his predecessors for the role they played in making the house what it is presently.

He promised to follow their examples, and called for their support to be able to steer the affairs of the house successfully.

Daasebre Kwebu Ewusie also called on the chiefs to educate their subjects on the need for peace during the electioneering period, so as to have free and fair elections.

A Cape Coast High Court Judge, Justice Alhaji Ahmed Mustapha, who swore in the newly-elected President, charged the chiefs to unite their communities to prevent unnecessary divisions and discriminations, especially as the elections approached.