Big casualties …as big-wigs lose their seats in Parliament

December 9, 2016
Source: Dominick Andoh | thebftonline.com | Ghana
Big casualties  …as big-wigs lose their seats in Parliament

Some notable incumbent Members of Parliament (MPs) have lost their seats in the 275-member legislature, certified election results available to the B&FT have shown.

In the Central Region, National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) candidate and incumbent MP for Awutu Senya West Constituency, Hanna Tetteh, who is also the Foreign Affairs Minister, has lost her seat to marketing maharishi George Andah who stood on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

One of the longest-serving NDC MPs in the Greater Accra Region and the Party’s Parliamentary candidate for Madina, Alhaji Amadu Sorogho, has lost his seat in the Legislature to Boniface Saddick—a former Minister of State under the erstwhile John Agyekum Kufuor administration.

In the Ledzokuku Constituency, incumbent MP Sena Okiti-Duah, has lost her seat in a closely fought race to Dr Okoe Boye, the NPP’s candidate for the area.

In the Akwatia Constituency of the Eastern Region, incumbent MP for Akwatia and Deputy Minister for Employment & Labour Relations, Baba Jamal, has lost his seat to Mercy Ama Sey of the NPP in a fiercely contested election.

Another casualty is the incumbent NDC MP for the Nantong constituency in the Northern Region, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, who has lost his seat to the NPP’s candidate for the area Alhaji Hardi Tuferu.

In the La-Dadekotopon Constituency of the Greater Accra Region, incumbent NDC MP, Nii Amasah Namoale also has lost his seat.

In the Ahanta West Constituency, Former Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC) boss, George Aboagye, has been defeated by the NPP’s candidate.

Another shock defeat is that of the Western Regional Minister and incumbent MP for the Sefwi Constituency, Paul Evans Aidoo. The veteran politician has lost his spot in the country’s Legislature.  

The cause for such a heavy defeat by some key MPs may be attributed to a lot of factors including the anger about the speedy execution and inauguration of projects close to the election date of December 7, 2016.

Dr. Kobby Mensah, a Lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School believes that “despite the many projects undertaken by the governing NDC and their respective MPs there may be others that may punish them for waiting till the last minute before executing various projects. ‘Why would you want to wait till now?’ that becomes a conflict. The perceived dishonesty is the disadvantage.”

The above big-wigs defeat notwithstanding, other stalwarts of the party have convincingly retained their seats in Parliament. Adansi Asokwa NPP MP, K.T. Hammond; Majority Leader Alban Bagbin of the Nadowli-Kaleo constituency; Assin Central – Kennedy Agyapong; and Boakye Agyarko Kyeremanteng for the Ayawao West Wuogon constituency.

Energy Minister and NDC’s incumbent MP, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, has also maintained his seat in the Ellembele Constituency.

As rightly predicted, the other parties and independent candidates, based on provisional results are unable to impact the outcome of the presidential election results yet to be declared by the returning officer and Electoral Commission Chair, Mrs. Charlotte Osei.

Dr. Adu Gyamfi, Political Science Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) notes that: “Ghana is a defacto two-party state. There will be a marginal victory for any of the two main parties—NDC and NPP. Electorates in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale who are upset about the prolonged load shedding, and difficult economic conditions are likely to vote for the NPP.

In the Central Region, Dr. Gyamfi notes that, the NDC has gained a lot since 1992. The choice of running mates for the party from this region since 1992 has helped their electoral fortunes there.

As certified results of the Presidential elections trickle in, the country waits anxiously to hear from the EC the final results in an election largely described by international observers, including the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), as free and fair.

Chairman of the National Peace Council Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante, in a statement called on the Electoral Commission to expediate their collation process and start the declaration of certified constituency results.