Politics Tue, 29 Mar 2016
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has won the Abuakwa North by-election held Tuesday to retain the seat which was declared vacant following the murder of the Member of Parliament of the constituency Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu.NPP’s Gifty Twum Ampofo polled 10,033 votes representing 89.60% of total votes cast to become the MP-elect, having beaten Isaac Kwartey of the United Front Party (UFP) who managed to garner 901 votes representing 8.05%.
The other contestant Samuel Frimpong who stood on the ticket of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) had 263 votes representing 2.35%.
The total valid votes cast were 11,197 with the rejected standing at 110. According to the Electoral Commission, per the statistics the total turnout was 28.22%.
Over 40,000 registered voters were expected to cast their ballot in 69 polling stations in the Abuakwa North Constituency’s by-election.
The by-election became necessary following the death of the MP for the area Danquah-Adu.
The MP was stabbed to death at his residence at Shiashie in Accra by a teenager, Daniel Asiedu, who is currently facing prosecution.
The National Democratic Congress pulled out of the by-election in respect to the late MP.