The electoral commission had been blamed for the chaos that characterized the election of the President nominee for MCE for Cape Coast Ernest.
Ernest Arthur had been rejected twice by the assembly members but had one more chance to secure two thirds of the total votes cast. Although Mr. Arthur pulled forty five (45) of the Sixty three total (63) votes cast to claim the position but the election didn’t come out without chaos.
Information available to riversfmonline.com indicates that Mr. Arthur’s renomination became a cocktail of issues after being rejected twice. While one group felt that he should be allowed to go through, others felt he should be rejected the third time.
According to eyewitness reports, the chaos erupted after the MP for Cape Coast south Hon George Kweku Ricketts-Hagan an Ex officio members of the assembly who has no voting right went up to the counting arena during counting session.
The chaos heightened when unidentified persons snatched some of the ballot papers and took to their heels. But the Election Commission went ahead with the process by declaring 45 Yes and 18 No out of 63 total votes which went in favor of the President’s nominee.
Speaking to event, one of the assembly members said “Somebody snatched some of the ballot papers. We didn’t know the number, we didn’t know what was going on, everything was messed up. And we blame the EC for all this. Whatever happened here is well calculated plan of action and the electoral commission is part”.
Ernest Arthur was later sworn in into office to serve for the second time.