Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister indicted in Ada East DCE polls

President Akufo-Addo’s nominee for District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ada East in the Greater Accra Region, Sarah Dugbakie Pobee, became...


President Akufo-Addo’s nominee for District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ada East in the Greater Accra Region, Sarah Dugbakie Pobee, became third time lucky when her nomination received the endorsement of the assembly members after voting ended on Friday, November 3, amidst violence by some vigilante members.

At the end of polls, she secured 27 out of 36 valid votes.

This was after she failed on two occasions to secure the required two-thirds majority endorsement in earlier voting.

Even with her victory, some assembly members say the votes were secured through foul means.

They are alleging the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister Elizabeth Sackey invaded the voting hall with New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante group members, the Invincible Forces to intimate members into voting for the nominee.

According to the Presiding Member, Aka Simon Kobla, he was physically assaulted by the thugs in the presence of the Deputy Minister and District Police Commander and dragged out of the hall.

Narrating how things unfolded during voting to Class FM, he said: “I saw many of them in black shirts, well built and claiming that they were National Security, but I said there was nothing for me to identify them by so they should be out of the room. They refused…I even told the Police Commander of Ada Division to take him out but he told me he cannot walk anybody out.”

He continued: “At the end of the voting when ballot papers were not sorted…they entered and they started beating me up, hitting me with the chairs that the people were sitting on and then dragged me until two of the policemen came to rescue me and I went and sat in a pickup for some time and then I came out and left. They were calling me to come and witness the counting, but I refused because they took the ballot box away and then they changed it.”



He said: “The Regional Electoral Officer went ahead to empty the ballot box and declared her [nominee] as the winner. I’m yet to know the exact figures; I didn’t sign any declaration form.”

Another Assembly member, John Kubi, told Valentina Ofori-Afriyie on Class FM’s 505 programme that: “They (thugs) entered just after the last person voted and the electoral officer was about to open the ballot box. They entered and beat up the Presiding Member and other Assembly members and made away with the ballot box.”

He said their motive was to “declare the nominee at all cost that she must be the DCE for Ada, meanwhile, these Invincible Forces are not coming from Ada but they want to elect a DCE for Ada”.

According to him “they made away with the ballot box and about one hour’s time, they came with it, we were not there. Later we heard they declared the results themselves and said the nominee has won”.





Via Classfmonline

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