The upcoming by-election in Kumawu has prompted the Inspector General of Police, George Akuffo Dampare, to engage with the leadership of both the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The purpose of these meetings was to address concerns regarding the conduct of supporters from both political parties before, during, and after the by-election. The IGP emphasized that any form of misconduct would not be tolerated.
Scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, the Electoral Commission will organize a by-election following the unfortunate passing of the incumbent representative, Philip Basoah, in March of this year. The NPP and NDC, the two major political parties, are vigorously campaigning to secure victory in this closely watched race.
With the highly anticipated by-election just around the corner, prominent figures from the NPP and NDC have escalated their efforts to ensure success for their respective candidates. The NDC has accused the NPP of engaging in vote-buying practices, citing the recent renovation of long-abandoned roads in the constituency and the initiation of various significant projects.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo urged voters in the Kumawu constituency to rally behind the New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary candidate during a speech on Sunday. Conversely, former President John Dramani Mahama is making a compelling argument for the NDC, while President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia are actively persuading delegates to support their party’s candidate.
In addition to the candidates representing the NPP and NDC, two independent candidates named Kwaku Duah are also vying for the seat and have expressed their determination to potentially cause an upset in the race.
To ensure a secure environment during the by-election, a substantial deployment of security personnel has been observed in Kumawu. Both uniformed and plainclothes officers have been stationed in the area.
The four contestants competing in the by-election are Ernest Yaw Anim representing the NPP, Kwasi Amankwaa from the NDC, and two independent candidates, both named Kwaku Duah.