President Nana Akufo-Addo’s nominee for the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) in the Central Region, Mr Ernest Arthur, secured an overwhelming endorsement by the Assembly members to confirm his appointment on Tuesday.
He polled 60 of the total 61 votes cast, representing 98.36 per cent.
The Assembly had earlier elected Mr Joel Eshun as its Presiding Member (PM) after several failed attempts.
Mr Eshun polled 58 votes of the total 61 votes cast while two voted against him and three ballots declared rejected with three absentees.
Cape Coast District Court judge, Ms. Gloria Mensah-Bonsu administered the oath of office to both Mr Arthur and Eshun.
Mr Arthur who was the Cape Coast South Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) expressed gratitude to the President for the confidence reposed in him and promised to work hard to help the President achieve his vision of transforming Ghana.
He also thanked the chiefs and people of Cape Coast and promised to run an all inclusive and transparent administration devoid of rancour.
“Once the selection process is over and having been duly elected, I wish to call on all and sundry to be united as we build a new Cape Coast. To other applicants for this position, I pledge my commitment to work with you to bring Cape Coast to a deserving state,” he urged.
Mr Arthur expressed his commitment to build on the works of his predecessors, adding that, “at this point, ours is to take the lessons from the past and put them into good use as we seek to address the problems of our people”.
He called for support from the people of Cape Coast both home and abroad to help him address the problems of falling standards of education, joblessness, poverty and poor sanitation in the metropolis.
“To investors, Cape Coast is open for investments and my office is going to do everything humanly possible to assist you to ensure that you succeed in Cape Coast,” he said.
The Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan, commended the Assembly members for massively endorsing the President’s nominee and called on them to offer their unflinching support to the new chief executive for a successful administration.