Some supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Amasaman Constituency trooped to the Ga West Municipal Assembly to protest against the selection of proposed government appointees in the Assembly.
The aggrieved supporters demanded the removal of Municipal Chief Executive, Clement Nii Lamptey Wilkinson accusing him of ignoring the NPP’s desires.
Per the constitution, Assemblies are made up of one elected person from each local government Electoral Area within the district, the member or members of Parliament from the constituencies that fall within the area of authority of the District Assembly, the District Chief Executive of the district and other members not being more than 30 percent of all the members of the District Assembly, appointed by the President in consultation with the traditional authorities and other interest groups in the district.
The protest came when newly elected Assembly and Unit Committee Members across the country were being sworn in.
They expressed fears that his posture could cost the NPP in the 2020 elections.
They also argued that the MCE did not follow laid down party procedure in the matter.
“The MCE has allegedly gone ahead to present a separate list from what the party, led by the constituency executives, officially presented to government to be considered for government appointees,” one supporter said.
Another man complained that Mr. Wilkinson has refused to incorporate NPP members into his administration,
“Now when he has come, the officers that he is working with are NDC [National Democratic Congress] officers. We told him but he will not allow us to do what we want. He is rather deciding with them.”
One other woman claimed the assembly and had come to some form of compromise which Mr. Wilkinson reneged on.
“They boycotted our list and took his list, which is wrong. All that we want is our appointees. He brings his [list] and we also bring ours,” she said.
Police moved in to disrupt the demonstration because the NPP protestors had not sought permission for the protest.
The police ended up arresting three of the NPP supporters.