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EC completes balloting of the Assin North by-election

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The voting for places on the ballot paper for the Assin North by-election in the Central Region was completed by the Electoral Commission (EC) on Wednesday.

Voting took place following the closure of nominations at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, according to Gladys Pinkrah, the EC’s Central Regional Director, who revealed this in an interview with the Daily Graphic.

According to the voting, she stated that Charles Opoku of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) would be placed first on the ballot, followed by Bernice Enyonam Sefenu of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) and James Gyakye Quayson of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the next three candidates.

Candidate

Mrs. Pinkrah said that Agatha Abaidoo, a female independent candidate who had filed her nominations, had withdrawn from the race, leaving the NPP, LPG, and NDC as the three political parties competing in the by-elections scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, 2023.

The Central Regional Director of the EC stated that Ms. Abaidoo informed the commission in writing of her desire to resign from the competition but did not provide a reason.

The independent candidate’s name would not be included in the notice of nomination that will be issued today, she said, “so as at the close of nominations, four people filed.”

The notice of poll, which included the candidates’ images and how they would look on the ballot paper, would be produced and posted later, she said, adding that it would be issued today to notify the public about the number of people who submitted.

Training of trainees According to Mrs. Pinkrah, the EC will also train its returning, presiding, verification, name list, and ballot issuing officers in order to have them ready for the election.

She stated that the voter records, name reference list, and biometric verification devices (BVDs) have been delivered to the EC regional directorate.

She assured them that the EC was prepared to hold an open, free, and fair election.

Recall

After being notified by Parliament that the seat was vacant as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision declaring the election of the former MP, James Gyakye Quayson, to be unconstitutional, the EC set Tuesday, June 27, 2023, as the date for the Assin North Constituency by-election in the Central Region.

The court ruled that his election was invalid because, at the time he applied to run, he was bound by the rules of another nation, which was against Ghanaian law.

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