Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi has pulled through his re-election bid in the Ashanti Region as Regional Chairman for the ruling NPP.

The incumbent stamped his authority in the party’s stronghold polling 464 votes and leaving his closest contender Odeneho Kwaku Appiah (COKA), with 306 trailing votes.

This is the third time in a row securing the seat as Regional Chairman.

There was tension at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, in Kumasi, as the election of regional executives of the NPP was put on hold for the second time.

This followed a move by one of the Ashanti Regional Chairman aspirants, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, to block some members of TESCON from taking part in the election over eligibility claims.

The exercise was earlier put on hold after members of the party from Obuasi East protested the exclusion of some names from the voters’ register at a time Mampong and Juaben had been exempted from voting.

The directive came after the Election Committee resolved to exempt some delegates in some institutions from voting in the elections.

The institutions included Kumasi Technical University, Kessben University, Agona Nursing, Kokofu and Offinso Nursing Training Colleges.

Calm was restored for the voting to take place after the leadership of the party resolved the impasse.