The only female candidate in the Abuakwa North constituency primaries of the New Patriotic Party, Gifty Twum has won Tuesday’s elections.
The NPP organised the polls to fill the vacancy created by the sudden death of Joseph Boakye Danquah who was murdered in his Shiashi residence in Accra three weeks ago.
Tuesday’s winner will represent the party at the by-election set to be organised by the EC on March 29.
Per the 1992 Constitution, the EC must organise a by-election in the instance a seat becomes vacant in Parliament.
The NPP had cleared five contestants – former Headmaster for Ofori Panin Secondary School – Kyei Brobbey, Gifty Twum – A tutor at the Akosombo International School, Former Headmaster for Nkawkaw Senior High School, Osei Twum-Ampofo – Isaac Osei Ampadu, a businessman and Professor Emeritus Samuel Amoako – a former MP of the area.
But on the morning of the elections, Professor Emeritus Samuel Amoah, and Osei Twum-Ampofo withdrew from the race.
Gifty Ampofo polled 207 of the votes cast, Isaac Osei polled 104 and Kyei Brobbey polled 27 votes.
Total votes cast was 345 with 7 reject ballots.
The party chairman, Kingston Ohemeng Kissi, after declaring her as winner, told the media they “will immediately go to the Regional Office of the Commission in Koforidua to file” their nomination.
The filing fee for the election has been pegged at GH¢1,000.