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Politics of Friday, 25 April 2003


NPP wins sixth by-election

Mrs Agnes Sonful, teacher, 52, was on Thursday elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the Amenfi-West constituency of the Western Region.

She polled 9,218 votes, representing 63.9 per cent of the total valid votes, while Mr.Gerald Danquah who stood on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) polled 5,097 votes representing 35.3 per cent. Mr Ebo Archer, 60, of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) obtained 121 votes representing 0.8 per cent. Out of the 38,983 registered voters in the constituency, only 14,746 voted, representing 37.8 percent.

Mr King Addai-Danquah, Deputy Western Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, announced the results. Speaking in an interview he said although the voter turnout was low, everything went on smoothly and commended the security services and other relevant organisations for their role in the election.

In the 1996 elections Mr Abraham Kofi Asante, the NDC candidate polled 16,085 votes to beat the NPP candidate Mr Samuel Alberto Takyi, who polled 8,311 votes. During the 2000 parliamentary elections, Mr Asante won again with 10,846 votes as against his NPP opponent who that time round obtained 9,493 votes.

The Amenfi-West constituency seat became vacant following the resignation of the NDC parliamentarian, Mr Abraham Kofi Asante a few weeks ago citing personal reasons. This brings to six the number of bye-elections the ruling NPP has won since coming to power in 2001.