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Bekwai constituency: Over 600 delegates endorse and accompany Ralph Poku-Adusei to file nomination forms

Ralph Poku-Adusei submitted his nomination forms in person to the Bekwai constituency chairman of the NPP, Alex Arko Addai Darkwa

Over six hundred (600) New Patriotic Party (NPP) delegates (polling station executives and electoral area coordinators) in the Bekwai constituency in the Ashanti Region, today, Friday, 22 December 2023, accompanied Ralph Poku-Adusei, to file his nominations to contest the NPP Bekwai constituency parliamentary primaries.

Ralph Poku-Adusei who is a lawyer in private practice submitted his nomination forms in person to the Bekwai constituency chairman of the NPP, Alex Arko Addai Darkwa, at the constituency officer amidst loud singing, drumming, and dancing by his enthusiastic supporters.

Ordinary inhabitants of the Bekwai constituency joined the procession of delegates who were accompanying Lawyer Ralph to submit his nomination forms when they got to know that the young and energetic lawyer was filing his forms.

The NPP opened nominations for parliamentary seats where it has sitting members of Parliament (MPs) on Wednesday, 20 December and it is expected to close on Monday, 25 December 2023 (Christmas Day). Lawyer Ralph picked up his forms on 20 December and within two days, completed same and submitted them.

Ralph Poku-Adusei, a prominent lawyer and Managing Partner at Trent Legal Amansie Chambers, on 13 November 2023, officially announced his intention to vie for the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) candidacy in the Bekwai Constituency parliamentary seat in the Ashanti Region during the upcoming December 2024 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The Bekwai seat is currently held by the NPP, and the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Joseph Osei Owusu (Joe Wise), has decided not to seek re-election after representing the constituency for sixteen years across four different parliamentary terms (2008 to 2024).

Ralph Poku-Adusei, a British-trained lawyer with thirteen years of experience in corporate and commercial practice, land acquisition, and criminal law, aims to leverage his extensive experience to represent Bekwai in Parliament.

Having spent his formative years in the constituency, he is committed to transforming the municipality. As an indigene of Bekwai, Poku-Adusei has undertaken several socially impactful projects in the area, demonstrating his dedication to the well-being of its residents.

His vision for Amansie revolves around key thematic areas, including job creation, poverty alleviation, agriculture, infrastructure development, youth employment, education, and pensions.

Poku-Adusei places a strong emphasis on education to break the cycle of poverty, proposing improvements in infrastructure, scholarships, and programs to enhance educational outcomes.

Additionally, he aims to create sustainable livelihoods by fostering entrepreneurship, skill development, and job creation, offering vocational training facilities and support to local enterprises.

Infrastructure development is a top priority for Poku-Adusei, focusing on transportation, water and energy supply, toilet facilities, and sustainable housing programmes.

He envisions attracting local and foreign investors to establish recreational centers, shopping malls, manufacturing companies, and tertiary institutions, ultimately addressing youth unemployment.

As a lawyer, Poku-Adusei plans to use advocacy and policy reform to address structural issues contributing to poverty.

He aims to collaborate with governmental institutions, civil society groups, and local authorities to establish laws and policies promoting social justice and reducing inequality in the Bekwai Municipality.

Recognizing the importance of a strong social welfare system and accessible healthcare, Poku-Adusei plans to improve social protection programs, healthcare infrastructure, and preventative healthcare practices. He intends to build healthcare facilities closer to constituents, reducing the strain on Bekwai Hospital.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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