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Assin North by-election: James Gyakye Quayson will win by 82% votes, NDC chair says

The NPP on Wednesday (7 June) elected Charles Opoku, a popular philanthropist in the Central Region, as its candidate for the Assin North poll

The Assin North chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Felix Benefo, is predicting a landslide victory for the embattled MP James Gyakye Quayson in the by-election slated for 27 June.

The seat became vacant following a 17 May 2023 judgment by a seven-member Supreme Court panel that the election and swearing-in of Quayson were unconstitutional, null and void.

The Supreme Court held that Quayson was not qualified to compete for the position of MP at the time of filing his nomination forms because of his dual citizenship status.

The NPP on Wednesday (7 June) elected Charles Opoku, a popular philanthropist in the Central Region, as its candidate for the by-election.

Speaking on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday (8 June), Benefo said: “We are going to win by about 82%.

“For a by-election like this, you can have the people to vote like in a general election, but in percentage we are going to increase our votes,” Benefo added.

Listen to Felix Benefo in the audio clip attached below:

 

Speaking on the same programme, Ben Essah, the NPP chairman for Assin North, said the governing party is in pole position to win the by-election.

“[In] the 2020 election, Gyakye Quayson won because of ‘skirt and blouse’ voting and we even saw that in the presidential election President Akufo-Addo won by over 1,000 votes.

“Now that we have conducted our internal election and both parties have agreed to campaign for each other, it is not going to be easy for the NDC,” Essah said.

“I am sure we are going to win this election with a wider margin.”

Listen to Ben Essah in the audio clip below:

 

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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