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.
The National Democratic Congress pulled out of the by-election in respect to the late MP. Although it was subsequently discovered that the party’s flag bearer for the parliamentary position was not a registered voter in the constituency. The NDC however has a valid candidate who would represent the party in the upcoming November polls.
Abuakwa North By-election results
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 representing the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP) had 263 votes which is 2.35%.
Out of the 40,068 registered voters in the constituency, only a total of 11,197 valid votes were cast in the 69 polling stations in the Abuakwa North Constituency’s by-election with the rejected standing at 110. According to the Electoral Commission, based on this statistics, the total turnout was a poor 28.22%.
It could be recalled that the Abuakwa North seat has largely been an NPP seat since the constituency’s creation in 2004. In the last election in 2012, the late J B Danquah beat the NDC’s Victor Smith with about 6,000 votes. But the NDC’s result in 2012, was an improvement from the past, considering that in 2004, the NPP won the seat by 16, 000 votes as against 7,000 votes for the NDC.
This victory would certainly bring joy to NPP’s presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo whose 72nd birthday coincided with the Abuakwa North by-election. We would also recall how he urged the residents of the area to honour the late MP, Joseph Boakye Danquah by ensuring that they vote the party’s candidate to victory.