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Volta Region
Location
Location of Volta Region in Ghana
Statistics
Regional Minister Joseph Amenowode
Capital Ho
Area 20,570 km²
Ranked 5th
Population
2000 Census
1984 Census
Ranked 7th
1,635,421
1,211,907
Districts 18
ISO 3166-2 GH-TV
Districts of Volta as at 2004

Volta Region is one of Ghana's ten administrative regions. It is to the east of Lake Volta. Its capital is Ho.

List of districts

The region has 18 districts consisting of 3 municipal and 15 ordinary districts:[1]

DISTRICT CAPITAL DISTRICT CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Adaklu-Anyigbe District Kpetoe Michael Kobla Adzaho
Akatsi District Akatsi Peter Kwasi Nortsu-Kotoe
Biakoye District Nkonya Ahenkro Louis Nana Akattah
Ho Municipal District Ho Isaac Kwasi Kodobisah
Hohoe Municipal District Hohoe Victor-Herman Condobrey
Jasikan District Jasikan Nana Barima Kumessy-Bonsy II
Kadjebi District Kadjebi Seth Alifui
Keta Municipal District Keta Sylvester Tornyeava
Ketu North District Dzodze vacant
Ketu South District Denu Bernard Frank Amarble
Kpando District Kpandu Francis Ganyaglo
Krachi East District Dambai Rapheal Kofi Ogyemoko
Krachi West District Kete Krachi Kwame Ponye
Nkwanta North District Kpassa Paul Levin Gyato
Nkwanta South District Nkwanta Joseph Nyofam Ninkab
North Tongu District Adidome Bubey Dzinadu
South Dayi District Kpeve Kafui Bekui
South Tongu District Sogakope Kwabla Woyome

Background

British Togoland shown in pale green
Further information: British Togoland and Togoland

The region was formed by the union of the former British Togoland which was part of the German protectorate of Togoland and the south eastern part of the Gold Coast, east of the Volta river. It was administered as part of the Gold Coast by the British as Trans Volta Togoland. Before Ghana's independence, a plebiscite held on 9 May 1956 saw the territory decide to join Ghana at independence.[2]

Demographics

The largest ethnic group in the region is the Ewe people who make up 68.5% of the region's population. They consist of several sub groups. Other major ethnicities include the Guan people (9.2%) made up of over 18 sub groups and the Akan people (8.5%) with over 19 sub-groups. The fourth largest group is the Gurma in the north, forming 6.5% of the region's popultation. Also present in this region are the Ga-Dangme, Mole-Dagbon, Grusi and the Mande-Busanga[3]

Administration

The region is ran by a Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and a District Assembly. The RCC is made up of the Regional Minister who is the political head and his deputy as well as representatives of the Regional House of Chiefs, the District Chief Executives of the region, the Presiding Members of the 12 Districts Assemblies and representatives of the various decentralized Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the region. Each district is run by a District Assembly.[4]

Constituencies

The region has had 22 constituencies since the December 2004 parliamentary election. At the previous election in December 2000, there were 19 constituencies.

References

  1. "BREAK DOWN OF METROPOLITAN, MUNICIPAL AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES IN GHANA" (PDF) (pdf). GhanaDistricts.com.  Text "accessdate-2009-11-24 " ignored (help)
  2. Beigbeder, Yves (1 January 1994). International monitoring of plebiscites, referenda and national elections - Self-determination and Transition to Democracy. Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. p. 131 of 340. ISBN 978-0792325635. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  3. "Volta Region: Cultural and Social Structure". GhanaDistricts.com. Retrieved 2006-11-26. 
  4. "Volta Region - political administration". GhanaDistricts.com. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 

Sources

External links

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