Seven persons have submitted their nomination forms and other particulars to the office of the Electoral Commission in the Upper East Region to contest for the post of member of the Council of State.
The Deputy Upper East Regional Electoral Officer, Mr Oscar Abemah Baah told the GNA that seven out of 13 aspirants who picked nomination forms filed to contest the race for the position earlier slated for February 9, 2017.
The candidates include; Right Reverend Dr Jacob Kofi Ayeebo, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Tamale who has served the region in that capacity in the last eight years from 2008 to 2016.
The other aspirants are the Paramount Chief of the Tongo Traditional Area, Naba Kugbil Song Nalegtang, also known in private life as Mr Robert Nachinab Moosore, Naba Moses Abaare Appiah, the Divisional Chief of Binaba, Mr Jacob Asigre, a retired educationist, Mr Joseph Akani Akazusi a retired Tax inspector, and Mr Francis Apam, a retired Mechanical Engineer.
Naba Nalegtang, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Talensi Constituency and also a retired Mechanical Engineer of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) in an interview said he would use his lobbying and advocacy skills to partner the government, development partners and other major stakeholders to assist to bring development.
He indicated that he would help check the rampant teenage pregnancies and forced and early marriages in the region which he noted was creating health and social havoc to victims, parents and the government.
Twenty-six Assembly members drawn from the 13 District Assemblies are expected to form the Electoral College to elect one of the seven aspirants to represent the region as member of the Council of State.