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The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) parliamentary candidate in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, Delali Kwasi Brempong, does not believe the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s candidate for the upcoming by-election, Lydia Alhassan, will pose a threat to his chances of claiming the seat.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Wednesday, Mr. Brempong said despite the NPP’s dominance in recent elections in the constituency, Lydia Alhassan, who is the spouse of the late MP, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, does not stand a chance against him in the poll.
When asked by the host of the show, Umaru Sanda Amadu whether he considered her a formidable opponent, Mr Brempong responded: “not at all.”
“She’s an entirely new candidate with her own characteristics. There’s no basis of comparing her with somebody that has already bagged over 20, 000 votes.”
He also disputed the results from the parliamentary elections in 2016, and described it as a “false positive”, contending that it was a closer race than the final results showed.
Delali Brempong submitted his nomination form to contest the election earlier in January and has since received the green light from the Electoral Commission.
Lydia Seyram Alhassan also filed her nomination to contest for the NPP after she emerged victorious in the party’s primary, securing 441 votes out of 672 total ballots cast.
The seat became vacant following the death of Emmanuel Agyarko in November.
Also in the race are William Dowokpor of the Progressive People’s Party, (PPP) and Clement Boadi of the Liberal Party of Ghana.
The election is scheduled to take place on January 31, although there is a pending suit challenging the schedule.
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