We Will Not Vote In Up-Coming General Elections – Traditional Authorities Threaten

The Chiefs and people of Agona Nkum in the Agona West Municipality of the Central Region have threatened to boycott the up-coming general elections until their plights are addressed by the Government.

Their warning follows an earlier one last year when they warn all the various political parties not to carry out any campaign activity in the town.

Led by the Mankrado of the town Nana Mprah Afful V who also doubles as the Mankrado to the Obaatan of the Agona Nyakrom Tradional Area, they said though the oldest town in the Agona area, Agona Nkum has been neglected by successive governments for far too long, and warn that they will not allow this to continue any longer.

Cladded in red to signify the seriousness of their concern, Nana Mprah Afful who spoke to the media at his palace mentioned the bad nature of the only major road linking the town to Agona Nyakrom and Breman Asikuma which he said is untared and becomes dusty during the dry season and muddy during the rainy season, making it ummotorable to be used by drivers, leading to constant breakdown of vehicles, lack of basic social amenities such as portable place of public convenience, lack of portable source of drinking water which is yet to be supplied to the township, lack of street lights and supply of electricity to some parts of the town, among others.

He disclosed that what broke their back was when they, the Chiefs were invited by the Central Regional Minister Kwamena Duncan through the Agona West Municipal Chief Executive Justina Marigold Assan somewhere last year to Cape Coast for a meeting to find a lasting solution to their plight, only to be called on phone by the MCE on arrival and told to return because the Regional Minister was said to be travelling to Accra for another meeting.

Nana Mprah noted that the Chiefs realize from then on that the Regional Minister and the MCE have no respect for them, and therefore resolved to advice themselves by boycotting the up-coming general elections and any other related political activity in the town, until their demands are addressed.

“We don’t own Electoral Commission and we can’t stop them from bringing their election materials into this town at the election period, but the fact of the matter is that we have resolved and advised all our subjects not to participate in the election exercise” Nana Mprah expressed.

“It is when we vote that we will vote for, or against a political party, so we will not vote at all until are needs are addressed, anybody can mark it on the wall” he stressed.

By; Robert Ayanful

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