Six Candidates Cleared for Ejisu By-Election in Ghana Following MP's Death

The Electoral Commission of Ghana has cleared six candidates to contest the Ejisu by-election on April 30, 2024, following the death of the previous MP. The outcome could impact the balance of power in parliament and reflect public sentiment towards the government.

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Six Candidates Cleared for Ejisu By-Election in Ghana Following MP's Death

Six Candidates Cleared for Ejisu By-Election in Ghana Following MP's Death

The Electoral Commission of Ghana has cleared six candidates to contest the Ejisu by-election in the Ashanti Region on April 30, 2024. The by-election was necessitated by the death of the previous Member of Parliament, Dr. John A. Kumah, on March 7, 2024.

The six candidates include two females and four males, representing various political parties and independent candidates. The candidates are Esther Osei (CPP), Lawyer Kwabena Boateng (NPP), Beatrice Boakye (LPG), Kwabena Owusu Aduomi (independent former NPP MP), Gabriel Agyemang Joseph (independent), and Attakorah Joseph (independent). The nominations were officially closed on April 18, 2024.

The main opposition party, the NDC, has decided not to contest the by-election, stating that they are focusing on the upcoming general elections in December 2024. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is confident of retaining the Ejisu seat, with the party's General Secretary, Lawyer Justin Frimpong Kodua, stating that the party has a strong foundation of development work in the constituency.

One notable candidate is Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, a former NPP MP for Ejisu who is now running as an independent after parting ways with the party due to concerns over the handling of the party's delegates album and irregularities in the 2023 presidential primaries. Aduomi had previously won the Ejisu seat in 2008, 2012, and 2016 before losing the NPP's 2020 parliamentary primaries to the late Dr. Kumah.

Why this matters: The Ejisu by-election is a significant political event in Ghana, as it could potentially impact the balance of power in parliament and serve as an indicator for the upcoming general elections in December 2024. The outcome of this by-election may also reflect the public's sentiment towards the current government and the various political parties vying for the seat.

As the campaign period begins, residents of Ejisu are hopeful that the by-election will be conducted peacefully and fairly. "We want a free and fair election. The candidates should focus on issues that matter to the people of Ejisu and avoid personal attacks," said Kofi Agyei, a local businessman. The Electoral Commission has assured the public that all necessary measures are in place to ensure a smooth and transparent electoral process on April 30, 2024.

Key Takeaways

  • EC cleared 6 candidates for Ejisu by-election on April 30, 2024.
  • NDC decided not to contest, focusing on 2024 general elections.
  • NPP confident of retaining Ejisu seat, citing development work.
  • Former NPP MP Kwabena Owusu Aduomi running as independent candidate.
  • EC assures smooth and transparent electoral process for the by-election.