The Upper West Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Lawyer Charles Lwanga Puozuing has pulled out on his quest to contest in the upcoming Council of State elections.
Sources close to the NDC Regional Secretary has it that, he took the decision after consultations with the hierarchy of the party both at the Regional and National levels.
The source also disclosed that his withdrawal from the election is a mindful strategy meant to brighten the fortunes of persons who filed their nominations from the NDC fraternity.
The decision of the intrepid Lawyer to stay out of the election leaves the number of nominees at six.
According to the Upper West Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, Ali Osman, after the close of nominations, seven persons including Lawyer Charles Lwanga Puozuing had filed their nominations in contention for a slot to represent the region at the Council of State.
The candidates are Kuoro Barecheh Nlowie Baninye II, the Divisional Chief of Niator, Bayon Godfrey Tangu, a former Member of Parliament for Wa East (MP), and Paschal Baylon Dere, a former District Chief Executive (DCE) for Lawra.
Others are the now-backed out Lawyer Charles Lwanga Puozuing, the Upper West Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and Naa Prof. Daniel Anleu-mwine Bagah, a Lecturer at the Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies (SDD-UBIDS).
The rest are Naa Emmanuel K. Mwinila-Yuori, the Chief of Gbankor and Mr Abubakari Sadik Mohaisen.
Two delegates from each of the eleven Districts in the Upper West Region will form a 22-member Electoral College to elect one person among the six candidates to represent the region at the Council of State.
The Council of State elections is set to come off on Friday, February 12, 2021 barring any unforeseen circumstances.
The Council of State in Ghana is a small body of prominent citizens, analogous to the Council of Elders in the traditional political system, which advises the President on national issues.
The Council of State was established by Articles 89 to 92 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana: “There shall be a Council of State to counsel the President in the performance of his functions.
The Council of State should include a former Chief Justice of Ghana, a former Chief of the Defence Staff and a former Inspector General of Police and the President of the National House of Chiefs.
Each region of Ghana also has an elected representative. The President of Ghana also appoints eleven members. Members stay in office until the term of office of the president ends.