In a surprising turn of events, 28-year-old Mr. Zimi Kanintii has emerged victorious in the assembly elections for the Suke Electoral Area, defeating his former junior high school (JHS) teacher, Mr. Balebe Bawaru Padmore.
Mr. Kanintii secured 486 votes, surpassing his former teacher who polled 405 votes out of the total 891 valid votes cast.
This victory establishes Mr. Kanintii as the youngest aspirant to win District Level Elections in the Suke Electoral Area on his first attempt.
Despite the absence of the usual long queues associated with elections, Mr. Kanintii acknowledged the tough nature of the contest between “a former teacher and a student.”
Expressing gratitude in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr. Kanintii thanked supporters for standing by him amidst the challenges of the campaign.
He attributed part of his success to being listed as number one on the ballot paper, emphasizing that “the first had remained first.”
Describing his win as a “worthy service to humanity and God” and a privilege to represent the Suke Electoral Area, Mr. Kanintii acknowledged that his financial resources were not as robust as his contender's.
However, he highlighted the community's belief in his capacity to expedite development as the key factor behind his victory.
“I don't have money, but the welfare of my people is my ultimate priority,” he affirmed, pledging to collaborate with various stakeholders, including political leaders, organizations, philanthropists, NGOs, corporate bodies, and individuals to advocate for the development of his community.