Gifty Twum-Ampofo wins NPP Abuakwa North primary

A science tutor at the Akosombo International School, Madam Gifty Twum-Ampofo, has been elected the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for the Abuakwa North Constituency in the Eastern Region.

Madam Twum-Ampofo, who is the Eastern Regional President of the Ghana Science Teachers Association (GAST), polled 207 of the votes cast in the primary Tuesday.

She was followed by Mr Isaac Osei Ampadu, a businessman, with 104 and Mr Kyei Brobbey, a former Headmaster of Ofori Panin Secondary School, with 27.

Two others, Mr Osei Twum Ampofo, a former Headmaster  of Nkawkaw Secondary School, and Professor Emeritus Samuel Amoako, a University Professor in USA and a former MP for the area, stepped down prior to the primary in a move believed to have favoured Madam Twum-Ampofo.

Soon after the results were declared, supporters of Madam Twum-Ampofo poured powder on her to signify the sweet victory.

The election was held at the Tafo District office of the Electoral Commission and it began at 8a.m. and ended at 1p.m. for counting to begin.

Background

The Abuakwa North Constituency is a traditional NPP seat located in an NPP stronghold in the Eastern Region.

The Abuakwa North seat became vacant after a 19-year-old man allegedly attacked and murdered the incumbent MP, J.B. Danquah-Adu, in his bedroom at dawn on February 9, 2016.

The suspect, Daniel Asiedu, has since been charged with murder.

Per the country’s Constitution, the EC must organise a by-election anytime a seat becomes vacant in Parliament.

The EC will hold a by-election in the constituency on Tuesday, March 29.

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