NDC’s Ashiamah wins Buem by-election

National Democratic Congress’ Daniel Kwesi Ashiamah will join the Sixth Parliament as Member for the Buem Constituency.

The marketer, 43, polled 9,366 votes to beat Convention People’s Party’s Nelson Bediako Asafo to win the by-election held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

The CPP candidate polled 726 votes representing 6.46 per cent of the valid votes cast.

Mr Ashiamah’s votes represented 84.16 per cent of the 11,060 valid votes cast.

Progressive People’s Party’s candidate, Ellis Akoto-Ade, who was thought to be the main pretender came third with 506 votes.

He was followed by National Vision Party’s Alhaji Muniru, who polled 256 votes.

People’s National Convention’s Adams Darko Boateng came last after polling 211 votes.

Voter turn-out was generally described as low.

It was also worsened by a heavy downpour two hours to closure of polls, our correspondent reported.

Komla Klutse stated on TV3’s News @ 10 that voter turn-out was 30.29 per cent. The total number of registered voters in the Constituency is 37, 127.

Rejected ballots were 187.

The by-election was instanced by the death of Henry Ford Kamel, who had represented the Constituency since 2004.



Voting underway in Buem Constituency

Electorates in the Buem Constituency have lined up to vote for a new Member of Parliament to replace the late Henry Ford Kamel.The second by-election after the 2012 General Elections was instanced by the death of Ford Kamel on December 25, 2012.

Five candidates are vying to win the seat.

Daniel Kwasi Ashiamah, 43, is running on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), whose candidate has won the seat since 1992.

The marketer has promised to continue the vision of the former MP.

“We are looking at continuity,” he told our correspondent Komla Klutse.

Asked whether he will be beneficiary of sympathy votes, Mr Ashiamah said: “That is natural because losing a gem who was also a regional minister should attract some votes for you.”

Mr Ashiamah’s major contender is Progressive People’s Party’s Ellis Akoto-Ade, a retired educationist.

“My topmost priority is education,” he told Komla Klutse.

According to him, standard of education in the constituency has fallen and it will be an area he would channel much effort into if he wins the seat.

The other contestants are People’s National Convention’s Adams Darko-Boateng, 29, Convention People’s Party’s Nelson Bediako Asafo, 46, and National Vision Party’s Alhaji Muniru, 38.

In all, there are 37, 197 registered voters in the Constituency with 84 polling stations.

There is no candidate from New Patriotic Party, Ghana’s largest opposition party, as a result of the court challenge of the 2012 Election results.



Voter turn-out low in ongoing Buem by-election

Voter turn-out is quite low in the ongoing by-elections in the Buem Constituency, our correspondent says.Komla Klutse, reporting on Midday Live, pointed out, however, that the process has been generally peaceful.

Security officials seem to be every where, he says.

You see them every one meter or two, he adds.

Komla reports that collation is scheduled to be done at the Jasikan District Assembly Hall.

Five candidates are contesting the seat, which became vacant after the death of Henry Ford Kamel, who retained the seat in the 2012 Elections.

He died on Christmas Day.



All set for Buem by-election

Five parliamentary candidates seeking to win the by-elections for the vacant parliamentary seat of the Buem Constituency in the Volta Region on February 26, 2013 are all geared up for an impressive showing.

They are Mr Daniel Kwasi Ashiamah, a 43-year-old marketer who is contesting on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), and Mr Adams Darko-Boateng, a 29-year-old teacher at the Nurriyah Islamic Basic School at Jasikan on the ticket of the People’s National Convention (PNC).

The rest are Mr Ellis Akoto-Ade, a 63-year-old retired teacher for the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Alhaji Muniru, 38, also a teacher for the National Vision Party (NVP) and Nelson Asafo, 46-year old businessman for the Convention People’s Party (CPP).

There are no independent or female candidates in the race.

Expectations are high among the electorates as the date for the polls get closer. The by-election will take place in all the 84 polling stations in the constituency.

The Buem Constituency, located in a valley along the Ghana-Togo ranges, stretches from the border of the Republic of Togo and the Hohoe-North Constituency in the East to the Akan and the Biakoye constituencies on the west. The area holds about 60 per cent of the region’s supply of cocoa. However, it is plagued by the lack of good roads, and potable water, among other social amenities.

The electorate are being given another chance to make up their minds and vote for a new candidate in a by-election following the sudden death of the former Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Henry Ford Kamel, who passed away on December 25 last year at the Jasikan District Hospital. The former MP, who was also the Volta Regional Minister, will be buried on February 23, 2013 at his home town, Guama.

While the constituency has always remained predominately an NDC stronghold since 1992, it cannot be said that it would be a straight NDC race because the previous parliamentary member’s promise to solve the unemployment situation in the area remained a mirage.

In the last elections, Mr Kamel (who was the incumbent) polled about 19,000 of the votes, followed by the NPP candidate, Mr Francis Asuka Boakye, who had about 5,000 votes, while the CPP pulled 850 votes with the PNC placing fourth.

According to Mr Adams Darko-Boateng of the PNC, the electorate will be making a big mistake to vote for the NDC again since their MPs had failed the region for the over 20 years that they had given them the opportunity to lead the constituency.

He disclosed that he had intensified his house-to-house campaign and expressed the hope to make an impact.

He promised to empower the youth and raise the standard of education should he be given the nod. He was sure the electorate had learnt their lesson and would decide on February 26, 2013.

For Mr Ashiamah of the NDC, he had promised the electorate that he would make good use of any funds and continue with the unfinished work of the late MP to transform the area.

He also promised to involve the people in the decision making process.

Mr Akoto-Ade said education was top on his agenda and he would also help small scale farmers to address the unemployment challenges facing the youth in the area as well as increase the production of cocoa.

Mr Mohammed Shani Abukari, Jasikan District Officer of the Electoral Commission, assured the electorate of a transparent and peaceful elections.

He said the Electoral Commission had pasted the notices of polls since last Saturday throughout the constituency and party vans were seen doing vigorous campaigns for their respective candidates.

Source: Daily Graphic


NDC candidate for Buem by-election to continue work of Kamel

Mr Daniel Kwesi Ashiamah, National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate for the Buem Constituency by-election, on Wednesday promised to continue from where the late Henry Ford Kamel, former Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, left off, if elected as MP.

“I first want to honour promises Mr Kamel made to our people, then I know his soul will rest in peace for him to bless me to be able to carry on with my plans for the area,” he said. 

Mr Ashiamah, who said this in an interview with the GNA in Ho, said he would use the first 100 days to take stock of the work of the late Kamel, who was also the Volta Regional Minister.

Mr Ashiamah said like the late Kamel, he would work to maintain the peace and unity to facilitate the development of the area.

He said: “I want to lead with love and integrity so I am trying to get everybody involved, especially my party people to continue the good works of the late Kamel”.

Mr Ashiamah said if voted to represent the people of Buem in Parliament, he would focus on improving education, sanitation, environment and health sectors.

Mr Ashiamah won the NDC primary last Sunday, to contest a by-election for the Buem constituency, scheduled for Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

The by-election was occasioned by the sudden death of the late Kamel on Tuesday, December 25, 2012.

Source: GNA


NPP boycotts Buem and Akatsi South by-elections

The National Executive Committee has decided that “the New Patriotic Party will not contest the upcoming by-elections in the Volta Region,” said Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the General Secretary of the party.

The move, agreed upon at a leadership meeting last week, concerns the nature of the petition challenging the 2012 presidential elections submitted to the Supreme Court which outlines evidence that, at least, 1 in 8 votes declared by the Electoral Commission in the December election was invalid.

The NPP has raised serious doubts about how the 2012 elections were conducted and, incidentally, the conduct of polls in these two constituencies forms part of the basis of the party’s concerns.

The party will give no further explanation except to say that it cannot, as things stand now, with the case pending at the Supreme Court, “participate in any such elections until further notice”.

The EC has fixed the following dates, February 5 for Akatsi South and February 26 for Buem.

The Buem seat became vacant following the death of Ford Henry Kamel, while the Akatsi South seat was vacated by Edward Doe Adjaho, who was elected as Speaker of Parliament.

The NPP has resolved that, “until further notice, we are not in a position to participate in any elections conducted by the EC as we await the Supreme Court’s final decision on the mountain of evidence we have brought before it,” explained the party’s General Secretary.

Source: NPP