Assin North by-election underway

A total of 41,168 registered voters are expected to cast their ballot in 99 polling stations across the Assin-North Constituency in the Central Region to elect a Member of Parliament to lead the people.

The seat was declared vacant as a result of a Supreme Court decision for the name of James Gyakye Quayson to be expunged from parliament, the area received intense political activities in the run-up to today’s elections.

Three candidates are keenly contesting in the by-election ; Charles Opoku of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) , James Gyakye Quayson of National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the third candi­date, Bernice Enyonam Sefenu representing the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG).

Voting has commenced already in the various polling stations but there had been cases of counter accusations of vote buying among the two major political parties in the race.

In the 2020 General Elections, James Gyakye Quayson of the NDC polled 17,498, 55.21%. whiles Abena Durowaa Mensah of the NPP polled 14,193, 44.79%.

Assin North and Assin Central con­stituencies from the then Assin Constituency in 2012, the constit­uency was seen as the stronghold of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) with Kennedy Agyepong winning the seat three terms (2000, 2004, and 2008).

Security in the constituency has been extremely beefed up with thousands of police personnel deployed to the area to ensure today’s by-election is peaceful.

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