The individuals of Kumawu, following the demise of their Member of Parliament, Philip Basoah, will go to the polls for a by-election on Might 23, 2023, to elect a brand new consultant within the present eighth Parliament.
Whereas all the things now appears set for the election, a improvement within the names of two out of the 4 candidates who’ve been permitted by the Electoral Fee to contest within the election has acquired political watchers now paying nearer consideration to the competition.
Previous to the announcement of the discover of ballot by the EC, the competition had already generated curiosity because the elected candidate of the New Patriotic Occasion, Ernest Yaw Anim, was anticipated to face stiff competitors within the bid of his social gathering to retain the seat.
His closest contenders embody a former member of the social gathering within the constituency, Kwaku Duah, who selected to run independently in opposition to the deceased MP within the 2020 election.
Mr. Duah got here second within the 2020 contest with a complete legitimate vote of 11,698, representing 39.96% of the overall votes, as in opposition to Mr. Basoah who gained the race with 14,960 legitimate votes, representing 51.11% of the overall votes.
Other than having to deal with Kwaku Duah, who has additionally determined to contest once more within the upcoming election, the NPP additionally has to fret in regards to the candidate of the opposition Nationwide Democratic Congress, Kwasi Amankwah, who some imagine could possibly make the most of the scenario and seize a win, despite the fact that the Kumawu Constituency is historically an NPP seat.
Nevertheless, in what some individuals imagine to be a transfer sponsored by the ruling NPP, one other candidate additionally bearing the title Kwaku Duah has joined the competition as an unbiased candidate.
Comparatively unknown to the voters till the declaration of his intent to contest within the election, some critics imagine the younger unbiased candidate, who hails from Bodomase, is being sponsored by the NPP in a intelligent technique to derail the prospects of the main unbiased candidate.
Per the principles of the EC, unbiased candidates, in terms of their look on the poll paper, solely have the benefit of “first come, first serve” after the place of candidates representing registered political events is set.
Thus, come Might 23, the 2 Kwaku Duahs will seem in consecutive order on the backside of the poll paper.
Strikingly, the brand new Kwaku Duah selected a dove as his image on the poll paper, similar to the senior Kwaku Duah.
Different candidates within the race for the Kumawu by-election are candidates of the Conference Individuals’s Occasion and the Liberal Individuals’s Occasion, bringing the overall variety of contenders to 6.
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