Assin North by-election:Voting underway amid heavy security

Story: News Desk

Voting is underway in the Assin North constituency in the Central Region as over 40, 000 voters go to the polls today, Tuesday, June 27, to elect their next representative in Parliament.

Three candidates are vying for the seat: James Gyakye Quayson of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Charles Opoku of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and Bernice Enyonam Sefenu of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG).

The Electoral Commission (EC) scheduled the by-election for June 27 following the nullification of the 2020 parliamentary election won by Mr Quayson.

The Supreme Court ordered Parliament to expunge Mr Quayson’s name from its records after it found that he held dual citizenship at the time of filing his nomination forms.

The NDC has since re-nominated Mr Quayson for the by-election. All the candidates are hopeful of winning the election.

Speaking to the media,  Mr Quayson said he is the best choice for the constituents.

“In the first year alone, I was able to install 2,000 streetlights throughout my constituency, every
hamlet, village, and town, had a piece of the light and that speaks for itself and that is why I am
saying that ideally, I am winning the poll.

“I am not the kind of person that will come on the radio and broadcast what I have done for the community or constituency but if you come around, the people that it directly affects will tell you what I have done and there will even be the projects for you to see,” he stated.

A recent survey by Global Info Analytics shows that Mr Opoku of the NPP has a slight lead over Mr Quayson of the NDC.

The survey, which was conducted between June 15 and 20, 2022, found that 46.7% of respondents said they would vote for Mr Opoku, while 45.6% said they would vote for Mr Quayson.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), George Akuffo Dampare on June 26, met with the leadership of the two main political parties ahead of the by-election.

The meeting, held at the Assin State College SHS aimed to promote dialogue, understanding, and cooperation between the political parties and the police force.

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