Kumawu by-election: Notice of poll issued; number of candidates reduced to four


The two candidates of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are on the first and second positions on the ballot ahead of the Kumawu by-election.

This is contained in a fresh Notice of Poll published by the Electoral Commission ahead of the May 23 exercise.

It comes after the candidate with the Convention People’s Party (CPP) was disqualified while the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) withdrew its candidate from the race.

On voting day, the NDC’s Kwasi Amankwaa will be second on the ballot, with the New Patriotic Party’s Ernest Yaw Anim taking the first position on the ballot paper.

The third and fourth positions are for two independent candidates who bear the same name, Kwaku Duah. Meanwhile, the training of electoral officials kicks off tomorrow as the EC prepares to hold this crucial election.

Ashanti Regional Director at the Electoral Commission Benjamin Bano-Bio said, “As a commission, we have put so many measures in place… we have finished with the recruitment of officials, and we will start training them from 17th to 20th May.

“What is left is the notice of poll and the ballot papers which are at the printing level. We are praying that stakeholders do what is expected of them to have a successful election.

“As for the police we are always in touch with them. We have sent them the list of all 75 polling stations and their locations. We have also indicated areas that we think are flush points or hotspots”, Bano-Bio stated.

Parliament, before adjourning sine die for the Easter holidays, notified the EC of the need to conduct a by-election in the Kumawu Constituency following the death of Philip Basoah, the NPP MP for the area.

The EC has set 23 May for the by-election.

Basoah, 53, was a member of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic.




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