According to Mr. Eric Kofi Dzarkpasu, Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Electoral Commission, only 6 women are contesting for a slot in the newly established Council of State.
Speaking in an interview with Accra100.5FM's Jerry Forson on Wednesday, Mr. Dzarkpasu related that out of the 113 potential candidates contesting for position in the Council of State, only 6 of them were women.
“Out of the 113 people who picked the forms nationwide, six of them are women," and continued to say, "The elections will take place in the conference rooms of the Regional Coordinating Councils across the country, but for the Greater Accra Region it will take place at the Ga West District Assembly.”
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In the mean time, President Nana Addo Dakwa Akufo-Addo has already appointed 14 individuals to serve in the Council of state, of which Nana Otuo Siriboe II, Juabenhene, Mr. Sam Okudzeto, Nana Kofi Obiri Egyir II, Mr. Stanley Adjiri Blankson, and Mrs. Abena Cudjoe, (among others) are a part of according to the press release published yesterday, February 14th, 2017 and signed by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency.
According to the press release, “Since there is no living former Chief Justice, the president is unable to propose a name for the approval of parliament, in accordance with Article 89(2)(a)(i). The President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, is an ex-officio member of the Council in furtherance of Article 89(2)(b).”