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Politics of Wednesday, 9 April 2003

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NPP wins Gomoa East by-election

...NDC is reported to have rejected the results
Provisional results in the Gomoa East bye-election monitored by the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Tuesday evening indicate a landslide victory for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The NPP's candidate, Mr Richmond Sam Quarm polled 11,380 out of the 16,911 valid votes cast representing 67.3 per cent.

Mr Richard Annan of the NDC had 5356 votes representing 31.7 per cent while the Democratic Peoples Party's (DPP) candidate, Mr Evans Kofi Otoo, obtained 175 or one per cent.

Meanwhile the NDC is reported to have rejected the results citing electoral fraud and foul play.

As result, Mr. Josiah Aryeh, the party's General Secretary is said to have refused to sign the declaration form.

The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), which observed the by-election, however, has described it as free, fair and without any intimidation.

The Gomoa East seat became vacant on February 09, 2003 following the death of Mr Emmanuel Acheampong, in a motor accident.


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