General News of Friday, 22 April 2005
Kumasi April 22 GNA- The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has retained the Asawase Parliamentary seat with its candidate Alhaji Muntanka Mohammed Mubarak declared winner of the Constituency bye-election held on Thursday.
He polled 31,017 votes out of the total of 51,635 ballots cast to beat two other contestants Alhaji Shuaibu Musah Shariff of the New Patriotic Party, who had 19,875 votes with Mr Ibrahim Mohammed Issaka of People's National Convention (PNC) receiving 417 votes.
Mr Yaw Akoteng-Asamoah, the Returning Officer, who declared the results, put the voter turnout at 64.29 per cent.
A total of 80,315 voters were expected to vote in 107 polling stations.
The NDC's victory, the first in six parliamentary bye-elections since going into political opposition sent its supporters pouring onto the streets of Aboabo, Sawaba and Akorem for all-night celebration.