Voters within the Assin North Constituency within the Central Area right this moment goes to the polls to forged their votes in a parliamentary by-election to elect a member of parliament for the world.
Following the declaration of the seat as vacant on account of a Supreme Court docket choice for the identify of James Gyakye Quayson to be expunged from parliament, the world acquired intense political actions within the run-up to right this moment’s elections.
A complete of 41,168 registered voters are anticipated to vote in 99 polling stations throughout the constituency.
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Three candidates are contesting right this moment’s by-elections with Charles Opoku of the New Patriotic Celebration (NPP) and Nationwide Democratic Congress (NDC)’s James Gyakye Quayson because the entrance runners in what is anticipated to be a keenly contested election. The third candidate, Bernice Enyonam Sefenu representing the Liberal Celebration of Ghana (LPG), is seen by political watchers as “including as much as the numbers.”
Since 2012, the NDC had received two out three parliamentary elections (2012 and 2020) with the opposite one slot going to the NPP (2016) and pundits count on the seat to swing in direction of the NPP.
Earlier than the creation of Assin North and Assin Central constituencies from the then Assin Constituency in 2012, the constituency was seen because the stronghold of the New Patriotic Celebration (NPP) with Kennedy Agyepong successful the seat three phrases (2000, 2004, and 2008).
Nevertheless, the Nationwide Democratic Congress (NDC) represented by Samuel Ambre, received the newly created Assin North Parliamentary seat within the 2012 by acquiring 14,338 votes representing 51.64 per cent to beat Ebenezer Appiah-Kubi of the NPP who garnered 12,281 votes, representing 44.24 per cent.
Within the 2016 parliamentary elections, Abena Durowaa Mensah who contested on the ticket of the NPP annexed the seat by securing 15,553 votes representing 56.77 per cent in opposition to Samuel Ambre of the NDC who secured 10,751 votes, representing 39.24 per cent.
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The NPP candidate, Abena Durowaa Mensah who was the incumbent MP garnered 14,193 votes representing 44.79 per cent at hand over the seat to the NDC’s James Gyakye Quayson who obtained 17,498 votes, representing 55.21 per cent.
Strategically, the NPP chosen Charles Opoku, an indigene of Assin Breku, the constituency capital to neutralise the political benefit of James Gyakye Quayson, additionally an indigene of the city.
Because of the seriousness each the NPP and NDC connected to the elections, high-ranking officers of the 2 political events had been in Assin North to marketing campaign for his or her respective candidates within the run as much as the ballot.
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At this time’s ballot is seen as a mid-term election to check the recognition of the ruling NPP administration and the principle opposition NDC which might set the tone for a psychological thoughts recreation within the run-up to the 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Charles Opoku, the NPP’s parliamentary candidate is tipped to win right this moment’s by-election with a slim margin.
The NPP likewise, its NDC counterpart, despatched members of various ethic identities to each neighborhood together with farms and hamlets to marketing campaign for his or her respective candidate.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Nationwide Chairman, Stephen Ntim, Normal Secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong and different nationwide officers of the get together, members of parliament, regional and constituency executives and different officers amongst others campaigned rigorously on the necessity for the electorates to vote for Charles Opoku.
Led by the Former President, John Dramani Mahama, Chairman of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketsia, Normal Secretary of NDC, Fiifi Kwettey and different main members of the get together including members of parliament the NDC gave indication of the get together successful the elections.
The NDC in addition to enjoying the sympathy card, targeted on marshalling its supporters throughout the settler communities to vote massively for the get together’s candidate in right this moment’s by-elections.
Normal Secretary of the NDC, Fiifi Fiavi Kwettey, throughout a radio rally on Wealthy FM, a neighborhood radio station at Assin Fosu pleaded with the host to permit him communicate Ewe to achieve out to individuals from the Volta Area domiciled within the varied communities within the Assin North Constituency.
FROM DAVID O.
YARBOI-TETTEH, ASSIN BEREKU