The New Patriotic Party yesterday retained the Ayawaso West Wuogon parliamentary seat in a by-election following the death of Emmanuel Kyerematen Agyarko.
According to the Electoral Commission’s municipal director for Ayawaso West, Rashid Nantongma, voting went on smoothly at all 137 polling stations except one, where brief skirmishes erupted in the morning.
He said the fights had nothing to do with voting but still led to a 45-minute disruption of the voting process at the La-Bawaleshie polling station. However, calm was quickly restored.
The NDC cited this isolated incident as a reason to boycott the election.
However, the Daily Statesman gathered that despite announcing a boycott, executives of the party asked their supporters to go out and vote. The eventual results showed that NDC supporters still voted on the quiet.
Tale of the tape
In the 2016 election, the late Emmanuel Kyerematen Agyarko of the NPP polled 32,591, representing 57.32 per cent of the vote; Delali Kwasi Brempong (NDC) 22,534, representing 39.63 per cent; William Dowokpor (PPP) 1,099, representing 1.93 per cent; and Kweku Quansah of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) managed 638 votes, representing 1.12 per cent.
In 2012, the NPP’s Agyarko won 31,807 votes (representing 50.3 per cent); Kwame Awuah-Darko of the NDC had 30,116 votes, representing 47.63 per cent; the PPP’s William Dowokpor got 998 (1.58 per cent); Antisem Donkor (CPP) got 169 votes, or 0.27 per cent; Foster Apetor of the National Democratic Party (NDP) won 74 votes (0.12 per cent); and Henry Haruna Asante of the People’s National Convention (PNC) won 68, representing 0.11 per cent.
Frema’s old seat
In the 2008 election, the current Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei Opare, stood on the NPP ticket and won 24,603 votes, representing 48.24 per cent.
Albert Kwadwo Twum Boafo of the NDC had 21,564 (42.28 per cent); William Dowokpor, then of the CPP, got 1,910, representing 3.75 per cent; and Henry Haruna Asante of the PNC polled 374 (0.73 per cent).
The 2004 election had Mrs Osei Opare polling 28,636, representing 52.1 per cent; Samuel Adiepena (NDC) 20,828, which translated into 37.9 per cent; Ivor Kobina Greenstreet of the CPP got 4,964 votes (9 per cent); and Henry Haruna Asante of the PNC polled 506 (1 per cent).
In the 2000 election, George Isaac Amoo of the NPP won 17,555 votes, representing 56.2 per cent; Elvis Afriyie Ankrah of the NDC polled 11,388 votes (36.5 per cent); Jane Chinebuah of the CPP polled 1,077 (3.5 per cent); Mary Elsie Yirenkyi of the National Reform Party won 715 votes (2.3 per cent); and Samuel Addy of the PNC polled 477 votes, representing 1.5 per cent.
The 1996 election had Rebecca Akweley Adotey of the NDC polling 15,089 votes, representing 35.1 per cent, and George Isaac Amoo of the NPP 14,795 (34.4 per cent). This result was challenged in court and the NPP won its case after a long-drawn-out hearing.