FOR the first time, a Kumasi-based media practitioner, Alexander Asare has filed his nomination forms to contest for the position of Ashanti Regional Member of the Council of State.
Light Fm’s Asare, was the 12th person to have picked his nomination forms to participate in the contest scheduled for February 9, 2017.
This was when the Electoral Commission (EC) opened nominations for the contest on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
The Ashanti Regional Administrator of the EC, Michael Kwadwo Yeboah, who was in charge of the nomination forms announced the EC closed nominations January 25, 2017, adding election would be held on February 9, 201
He indicated that out of the 30 who picked nominations forms, 19 had filed their forms as of closing of nominations.
Need for fresh bloods at the Council of State
The reporter who spoke to the media after filing his nomination forms in Kumasi said over the years members of the Council of State had been stuffed with “grey hairs” and it was time to inject in “fresh bloods”.
Aged 35, he said, he remained as youthful with rich in energy and exuberance to help advise the President on matters bothering on youth development.
He said having practised journalism for some years now, on consultation with the Ministry of Information and Communications he could also help advise the President on communication development of the country.
He said having reported on water and sanitation matters, he would join other council members to advise the President on implementation of bye-laws at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to rid the country of the engulfing filth.
For his penchant to support the needy in society, he said: “I am humbled to sacrifice my salary for the first six months as a Member of the Council of State to set example for able individuals to support the needy and brilliant students in their quest for access to quality education”.