EC sets date to organize Council of State elections
Qualified persons have been entreated to file their nomination forms
The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will conduct elections for new Regional Representatives to the Council of State on February 12, 2021.
Accordingly,the Commission in a statement indicated that qualified persons who intend to contest in the said elections should submit their nomination forms with two post-card size copies of recent photographs (bust) to the Regional Director of their respective Regions from Monday, February 1, 2021, to Thursday, February 4, 2021, between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm each day.
“Every Nomination must be proposed and seconded by two (2) registered voters and supported by twenty (20) registered voters in the Region. The consent of the candidate must be endorsed thereon.”
“Copies of the nomination forms may be downloaded free of charge from the Electoral Commission’s website (www.ec.gov.gh) and completed in triplicate,” it noted.
Ghana Council of State is a small body of prominent citizens, which advises the President on national issues.
Articles 89 to 92 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana states: "There shall be a Council of State to counsel the President in the performance of his functions."
It states further that the President in consultation with Parliament shall appoint to the Council of State, one person who has previously held the office of Chief Justice; one person who has previously held the office of Chief of Defence Staff of the Armed Forces of Ghana; one person who has previously held the office of Inspector-General of Police; the President of the National House of Chiefs and eleven other members appointed by the President.
In addition to that, one representative from each region of Ghana, elected in accordance with regulations made by the Electoral Commission under article 51 of the 1992 Constitution, by an electoral college comprising two representatives from each of the districts in the region nominated by the District Assemblies.
in the region shall be appointed to the Council of State.