The NDC Candidate for the Assin North constituency, James Gyakye Quayson, has beaten his closest rival, Charles Opoku, in Tuesday’s by-election.
Mr. Quayson polled 17,245 votes, representing 57.56%, as against Charles Opoku of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who garnered 12,630 votes, representing 42.15%.
Bernice Enyonam Sefenu of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) got 87 votes, representing 0.29%.
The elections, which were generally peaceful in most parts of the constituency, saw a few skirmishes, which led to the arrests of some political party activists by the police.
Security on the day was very tight, as a combination of military and police officers patrolled the various polling centers.
Mr. Quayson’s win comes after a researcher at Global InfoAnalytics predicted on Sunday a slim win for the ruling NPP, albeit in a tight contest.
On May 17, 2023, the Supreme Court ruled that Gyakye Quayson’s name should be removed from Parliamentary records, rendering the Assin North seat empty.
The Supreme Court determined that Mr. Quayson lacked the necessary qualifications to run in the Assin North Constituency for the 2020 parliamentary election.
It also found that Mr. Quayson had not provided proof that he had renounced his Canadian citizenship.