Tema Metropolitan Assembly Gets New PM
The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) has elected a new Presiding Member (PM) , Mr Patrick Atitiati Lawer, obtaining a 100 per cent of the votes cast.
The assembly members had earlier in November, failed to elect a PM because none of the three contestants secured the mandatory two-thirds majority votes of the members.
The election, which was held last Thursday, saw Mr Lawer, an elected Assembly Member for the Railways Electoral Area, Community 5, polling 33 votes, while his contender, Mr Joseph Korto, also an elected Assembly Member for the Low Cost Electoral Area, Community 9, marshalled 13 votes.
One vote was rejected and another member was absent.
Earlier, a third aspirant, Mr Kwesi Poku Bosompem, an elected Assembly Member for the Halcrow Electoral Area, who initially had 12 votes and contested the initial election, announced his withdrawal from the race.
The election of the PM was supervised by the Metropolitan Electoral Officer, Nana Oduro Numapau.
The swearing-in of the PM was, however, deferred due to the absence of the magistrate to supervise the exercise.
Mr Lawer, an assembly member for 12 years, succeeds Mr Richard Fiadumor whose tenure has expired.
Mr Lawer, in an interview, commended the members of the assembly for the endorsement.
He called for a closer collaboration among the membership of the house to bring development to the area.
The newly elected PM said his main objective was to help the assembly improve on its revenue generation, which was crucial for the development of the metropolis.
He also pledged to work in close collaboration with the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Felix Nii Mensah Anang-La, to enhance effective administration and ensure the success of the Tema Restoration Agenda which sought to restore the Port City to its former glory as a well-planned city.