Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II, paramount chief of the Sefwi Anhwiaso Traditional Area in the Western North Region, has been elected as the new president of the National House of Chiefs.
He polled 47 votes, against his main contender, Togbe Afede XIV (the outgoing president), who secured 25 votes.
The election also saw the paramount chief of the Lawra Traditional Area, Naa Puowele Karbo III, elected vice-president of the House.
Naa Puowele Karbo III won 44 votes, beat his fellow competitor Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII, paramount chief of the Abeadze Traditional Area who got 28 votes.
In all 72 out 73 members voted to elect the new executives who will steer the affairs of the House for the next four years.
About Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi
Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi is currently boh paramount chief of the Sefwi Anhwiaso Traditional Area and the president of Western Region House of Chiefs.
He attended several schools in Ghana and read business. He is an accountant by profession. His area of authority covers territory in the upper eastern part of the Western North Region.
In November 2016, Electoral Commission officials organised an election to fill the position of the presidency of the then unitary Western Region House of Chiefs, which covered the area of Ghana now known as Western North. Yaw Gyebi won that contest, obtaining seven votes out of a total 11.
As the elected head of all chiefs in Western North, Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II, represents the region in the National House of Chiefs.
He serves as the chief mediator in settling disputes among traditional rulers in the region.
He has also been soliciting funds and donations for the improvement of educational institutions.