Cape Coast, Oct 31, GNA-- The auditorium of the University of Cape Coast, was on Sunday a scene of massive jubilation, when the results of elections of new executives for the Central Region branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) were announced.
Amidst chanting of slogans, sounding of drums and singing of both traditional and gospel songs, the supporters of the victorious contestants could not contain their joy and carried the winners shoulder high, sprinkling powder on them from head to toe and sometimes with perfume.
During the elections, which climaxed the branch's delegates' congress, Mr Danquah Smith polled 63 votes to beat the incumbent Regional Chairman, Dr Kweku Ghartey and Mr Robert Kutin who polled four and 32 votes respectively.
Mr Samuel Amo-Mensah, had 61 votes to beat Mr Emmanuel Dadson, who had 37, to win the position of First Vice Chairman, with Ms Baaba Otoo, polling 61 votes as against 31 and six by Mr Ebenezer Agyeman-Kessie and Mohammed Musah respectively, for the second vice-chairmanship.
Mr Albert Essuman, the incumbent regional secretary, lost his position to Mr Kwamina Duncan, who had 60 as against his 19 votes while Mr Paul Annan had 19 votes.
The position of Assistant Regional Secretary went to Madam Sarah Nana Arthur who polled 50 votes as against 41 and seven votes for Mr Nana Hagan and Mr George Mireku Duker respectively.
Mrs Gertrude Yeboah, retained her post as the Regional Treasurer when she polled 60 votes to beat two other contestants, Mrs Alice-Marie Agyeman, a former headmistress of Holy Child School and Mr Maxwell Knoxwell Baidoo who had 29 and nine votes.
The post of Organiser went to Alhaji Bin Gibrine, with 67 votes to beat Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed who had 31 votes, while Nana Ama Abrafie, polled 68 votes to beat the incumbent Women's Organiser, Madam Gladys Nyinaku who had 30 votes.
Mr Thomas Adjei Baffoe had 59 votes cast for him to win the post of Youth Organiser as against Mr Enoch Kojo Kwakye's 38 votes. Delegates from the Cape Coast, Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, Efutu and Agona west constituencies, did however, not take part in the voting, in view of court cases pending against the conduct of elections in their various constituencies.
Mr Smith thanked the delegates for electing him and pledged to work hard to help ensure that the party wins the next general elections massively, in the region.
The national organiser, Mr Lord Commey, who swore the new regional executives into office, commended the delegates for the peaceful conduct of the elections.
Dr Ghartey told the delegates that he had accepted their choice of new chairman and said "the people have spoken, they have the power", and assured the new entrants of his support.