In the turn of events by the house of Parliament as against the directive given by the Minority’s MP’s on the Appointment Committee in rejecting 3 nominees of the President for his second term.
These nominees are Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Food and Agriculture Minister-designate, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hawa Koomson.
The House resorted to Secret voting to ascertain the candidacy of the nominees which after unfavourable attempts to use a headcount and voice count, Speaker Alban Bagbin resorted to the use of a voting system to decide whether the nominees should be approved.
At the end, Food and Agriculture Minister-designate, Dr. Afriyie Akoto polled 53.96% out of the 265 ballots issued with one spoilt ballot.
Mavis Hawa Koomson also secured 60.75% while Mr Oppong Nkrumah accrued 58.65%, which clearly shows their approval as the votes accrued was more than 50%.
The House of Parliament approved all 13 ministerial nominees in the Appointment Committee’s report plus the 3 rejected nominees.
The Speaker indicated that the list will be sent back to the Presidency as the certified individual to man the affairs at the various ministries.
“The house will proceed to communicate the decision to his excellency the President as Parliament having given prior to approval to the nominations,” he said.
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