CPP wins Kumbungu by-election

Candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in the Kumbungu by-election held on Tuesday, Moses Amadu Yahaya, emerged victorious.

The by-election was instanced by the abdication of the seat by Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, who was appointed earlier this year to serve as the Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

Yahaya, 61, polled 13,029 votes to beat favourite Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Alhaji Kakpagu polled 11,896 votes out of a total of 39,478 registered voters in the Constituency.

A third candidate, Ahmed Nasiru Mohammed, represented the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). He polled 228 votes to come third.

Rejected ballots numbered 634.

Voter turn-out was 55 per cent.



Irish PM’s party set for by-election win, junior partner suffers

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael party was on course to retain its seat in a by-election on Thursday, but its junior partner in government Labor was beaten into fifth place in a humiliating defeat.

Labor went into government for the first time since the late 1990s two years ago on a promise to end the previous administration’s adherence to “Frankfurt’s Way,” an austerity plan the party said was dictated by the European Central Bank.

However the centre-left party has angered supporters by continuing with the tough austerity required under the country’s EU/IMF bailout and its vote in the Meath East constituency collapsed to 4.6 percent from 21 percent last time out.

On 38.5 percent after the first count, Fine Gael’s Helen McEntee looked set to win the seat left vacant when her father committed suicide, softening the blow for the coalition which would keep its record parliamentary majority even if she loses.

“I voted for Labor last time out but will never vote for them again,” fumed Abigail Flores, a mother-of-two living in Ashbourne, a town 20 km north of Dublin where so-called “ghost estates” lie unfinished after a spectacular property crash. She had no interest in voting this time around

“I would have always voted for Labor and so would my parents and sisters but they’ve shown in the last two years that they’re just spineless and are no different from Fine Gael or Fianna Fail. They don’t actually stand for anything.”

The centre-right Fianna Fail, which dominated Irish politics before losing three-quarters of its seats in humbling elections held after it signed up to the bailout, saw its support jump to 32.9 percent from 19 percent two years ago.

A rise of just four percentage points to 13 percent for Sinn Fein, the only major party rallying against austerity, showed the limited Irish appetite for the type of populist political movements making inroads elsewhere in Europe.

A lack of opposition to deep tax hikes and spending cuts has helped Ireland hit the targets set under its bailout and close in on getting off emergency EU and IMF assistance, a move cemented last month by a landmark 10-year bond sale.

But that has meant little to Labor’s traditional support base of working class socialists and heavily unionized middle-class state workers. On Thursday, it even fell behind Direct Democracy Ireland, a party launched just four months ago.

“It’s a difficult day for Labor, people are very angry out there and clearly the Labor Party has been singled out for the brunt of responsibility,” Pat Rabbitte, a senior Labor minister, told the Today FM radio station.

“There’s little point in trying to explain to the individual voter that bond prices are cheaper, that butters no parsnips as far as they’re concerned.”

Analysts said the loss poses little threat to the coalition and its austerity push as Labor, which has already seen five of its 38 MPs defect from the party, would be unlikely to leave government and force an election with support so low.

“It will make life a bit more uncomfortable for the Labor leadership but I can’t really see what they can do to stem to flow other than to steady the nerves and hope that the economy turns around,” said Eoin O’Malley, politics lecturer at Dublin City University.

“The problem for Labor is that if that happens, Fine Gael are likely to get the benefit and Labor will get the blame for anything that goes wrong. They’re in a bad position but they should have know that when entering government in 2011.”

A final result is expected at around 1900 GMT.

Source: Reuters


PPP, CPP to run in Kumbungu by-election

Though the largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has indicated it will not contest for the Kumbungu Constiuency by-election, other opposition parties have expressed preparedness to contest for the seat abdicated by Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni after his appointment as Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) says its constituency executives have resolved to run in the April 30 by-elections.

“Our constituency executives are prepared and they have resolved to run,” said Nii Armah Akomfrah, the Party’s Communications Director.

“Our regional executives have similarly resolved to back the candidate and they are in discussion with our national leadership and it is likely we will be running,” he added.

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) cited the current labour unrests in the country as what constituents will be considering in voting for the Party.

“The feedback we are getting from them indicates that the place looks very bright even though traditionally it has been an NDC seat,” said Paa Kow Ackon, Deputy National Secretary of the Party.

“We are very hopeful especially with the current tension which is brewing in the country that the people will look at the current stalemate and give PPP the chance.”

The National Organiser of the People’s National Convention, Emmanuel Wilson, stated that the national executive of the party is preparing to get to the region to provide its support “to make sure the seat over there goes to the PNC”.

Candidates have been asked to file nominations on April 16 and April 17 prior to the by-elections.



NDC elects Alhaji Imoro Yakubu as candidate for Kumbungu by-election

The incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) has elected a former Member of Parliament (MP), Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu, as candidate for the April 30 by-election to be held in the Kumbungu Constituency.

Alhaji Kakpagu polled 170 votes to win the primaries held over the weekend.

Alhaji Kakpagu’s votes were 86 more than his closest contender Dr Jacob Yakubu Mahama while Abubakari Mohammed and Hamza Adam Abdulai polled 14 and 12 votes respectively. Baba Ibrahim came last with nine votes.

The Kumbungu seat became vacant after it was abdicated by Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, who took up a new appointment as the Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

Meanwhile, sources close to the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) say the party will boycott the by-elections just like it did regarding the Akatsi South and Buem by-elections as a result of the petition some members of the party’s leadership has filed at the Supreme Court regarding results of the 2012 Elections



Kumbungu by-election set for April 30

The Electoral Commission (EC) has set Tuesday, April 30, 2013 as date to hold a by-election in Kumbungu Constituency after Member of Parliament Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni abdicated the seat.

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration was endorsed by the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) early in the year to serve the unexpired term of Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas as Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

In a statement released on Wednesday, the EC announced that it will take nominations for the by-elections on April 16/17 at its district office in Kumbungu, adding that nomination forms can also be obtained from its regional office in Tamale.

Filing fee is GH¢1,000 while candidates have been asked to provide two recent photographs (bust) with red background on the submission of their nomination forms.

The by-election will be the third to be held after the 2012 Elections.

The by-elections will be held in accordance with Article 112(5) of the 1992 Constitution as amended by Section 3 of Act 527.




Kumbungu by-election today

Electorates in the Kumbungu Constituency in the Northern Region have started casting their ballots in a by-election to replace Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni, who abdicated his seat early this year.

He was appointed to serve as Secretary General for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.

The by-election is the third to be held by the Electoral Commission (EC) after the 2012 General Elections and Mr David Kanyi told journalists on Monday that all is set for a smooth by-election.

The major opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) refused to field a candidate, after having accused the EC of malpractice in the General Elections.

As a result, Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate in Tuesday’s by-elections, is tipped to win though candidates of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) are expected to give him a good run for his money.



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.



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


CI 75 to be enforced in Akatsi South by-election – EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) has said that the demands of the Constitutional Instrument (CI) 75 will be fully complied with in Tuesday’s by-election to be held in the Akatsi South Constituency.

According to the EC, voters will be identified by verification machines before they cast their ballots.

Speaking on TV3 News, Sylvia Annor, the Principal Public Relations Officer of the EC, pointed out that since the CI 75 is “in vogue” it will be in full force during the by-election, which will get a Member of Parliament to replace Edward Doe Adjaho, who was endorsed by the Sixth Parliament as Speaker on January 7, 2013.

“We have CI 75 now in vogue,” said Ms Annor. “It stipulates that before you go through the process you must go through ‘The voter shall be identified through the verification machine’. Therefore the kind of rules and regulations that pertained during the recent general elections are the same rules that are going to be used for the by-election.”

Already, four candidates including an independent candidate have successfully filed nomination to contest the seat.

The New Patriotic Party did not enter a candidate because they claim it will be against a petition filed by its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate as well as the party’s chairman against the EC at the Supreme Court disputing the process that led to the declarartion of President John Dramani Mahama as winner of the 2012 Elections.