By Kodjo Adams, GNA
Accra, Jan. 12, GNA –
The Electoral Commission (EC) on Saturday gave its consent to Madam Lydia
Alhassan, the New Patriotic Congress Member of Parliament (MP) Aspirant for
Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency to contest the by-election.
The by-election is
scheduled to take place on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
The EC gave the
authority to the aspirant after she filed her nomination form with the Ayawaso
District Office located at the Electoral Commission’s headquarters in Accra.
The seat became
vacant after the death of her husband, Mr Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, the
sitting Member of Parliament on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
arrived at the premise of the Commission at 1330 hours, with the party
executives and supporters to present the forms.
The motor riders were
not left out, as they show some glimpses of riding skills from the party’s
headquarters to the Commission to the admiration of bystanders.
Mr Charles Kwame
Osei, the Deputy Returning Officer, Ayawaso West Wuogon, who received the
forms, told the Ghana News Agency that, the Commission was satisfied with the
requirements on the nomination forms after its appraisal.
“After going through
the forms, they were satisfied with the provisions of the forms and has granted
her the nod to campaign ahead of the impending by-election”.
He said as required,
the NPP aspirant submitted a cheque for GH¢10,000.00 as filing fee, two
registered voters’ signatures on the forms as a proposer and seconder,
This was supported by
18 other registered voters in the Constituency as assenting to the nomination.
Other documents are
two copies of a recent post card-size photograph taken against a red
background, revealing the full face and ears of the candidate.
He commended the
supporters for comporting themselves and urged them to engage in descent
campaign to advance the democratic credentials of the country.
Madam Alhassan, in an
interview with Ghana News Agency after submitting the forms, thanked the
leadership of the party and the supporters for the awesome support she received
from the primaries till the submission of the forms.
She pledged to
continue from the legacy of her husband adding that ‘this could be possible
with the support of all and sundry in the constituency’.
“I will continue from
where my husband started, from road construction, scholarship scheme for
students and market women, healthcare and sanitation”, she said.
The NPP Aspirant said
prioritising on sanitation is a goal because a decent environment was critical
in addressing the health of the area and urged the electorates in the
Constituency to vote for her to put her plans into action.
The EC on Thursday,
January 10, opened nominations for the aspirants in the Constituency and ended
on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
The EC had so far
given the nod to four MP Aspirants to contest the by-election in the
They are Mr Delali
Kwasi Brempong, representing the National Democratic Congress; Madam Lydia
Alhassan, representing the New Patriotic Party; Mr William Dowokpor, for the
Peoples Progressive Party; and Mr Clement Boadi, representing the Liberal Party
Mr Dowokpor pledged
to have constant engagement with the constituents, adding that, he would be the
‘miracle candidate’ among the aspirants.
Mr Boadi said he
represent the youth and would focus on sanitation, youth employment and
institute a consultative committee with the constituency members