Politics of Mon, 21 Aug 20060

12,429 candidates to contest for 608 units in the Eastern Region

Koforidua, Aug. 21, GNA - About 12,429 candidates including 1,792 women filed their nominations to contest for 608 Unit Committees in 17 districts in the Eastern Region.

Statistics made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) by the Eastern Regional Directorate of the Electoral Commission (EC) at Koforidua on Monday, indicated that the region had 2,294 units. It said candidates filed for 608 units, no candidates for 609 units, candidates in 122 units were declared unopposed and 955 units could not obtain the required 10 candidates per unit. Only a woman is among 23 candidates in the Akuapem North District as against 248 women in Kwahu South District and 206 women in Afram Plains District.

Suhum-Kraboa-Coalter District has the highest with 1,602 candidates, followed by Afram Plains District with 1,514 candidates and 1,180 candidates in Manya Krobo District.

Units in Atiwa and Akuapem South Districts would be keenly contested because all the units are being contested unlike 15 other districts that had 122 unopposed candidates.

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Out of the 608 units to be contested, Afram Plains District is leading with 26 unopposed candidates followed by Fanteakwa with 13. In all the 17 districts, Afram Plains has the highest with 194 units, followed by Kwahu South with 180 and Manya Krobo with 179 while New Juaben Municipality has the lowest with 86 units.

With the units to be contested Suhum-Kraboa-Coalter District has the highest with 103 followed by Kwahu South District with 98 and Akuapem North District the lowest with two.

This is because 90 units in Akuapem North District are without nominations while 75 units could not obtain the 10 candidates required for a unit to participate in the elections.

Source: GNA

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