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Kumawu by-election: NPP rubbishes vote buying claims

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday accused the NPP of breaching the rules of engagement

The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has denied engaging in vote buying in the just ended Kumawu by-election in the Ashanti Region.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Tuesday accused the NPP of breaching the rules of engagement.

“I can tell you clearly, that the NPP believes in democracy and we don’t believe in vote buying,” a deputy general secretary of the NPP, Haruna Mohammed said on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday (24 May).

“We have not attempted buying any vote, we went there to campaign on the development that President Akufo-Addo has brought – the road infrastructure and hospitals,” he told host Kwaku Nhyira-Addo.

Mohammed added: “We have done so many jobs, and these were the issues that we campaigned on. So, it will be so worrying and surprising that someone will say we went to Kumawu to buy vote.”

Listen to Haruna Mohammed in the attached audio clip below:


Supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Bodomase in Kumawu took to the streets to celebrate the win of Ernest Yaw Anim (a native of Bodomase) after the Electoral Commission (EC) declared him winner of the by-election held in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday (23 May).

Ernest Yaw Anim of the NPP garnered 15, 264 (70.91%) votes to beat his main rival Kwasi Amankwah of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who had 3,723 (17.29%) votes.

Two independent candidates; Duah Kwaku ( a former member of the NPP) had 2, 478 (11.51%) and the other Kwaku Duah also garnered 62 (0.29%).

The total valid votes were 21, 527 (96.70%), the total votes cast were 21, 731, rejected ballots were 204 and the turnout was 62.46%.

The constituency has 34,790 registered voters.


Meanwhile, the Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has congratulated the MP-elect.

“Congratulations to Ernest Yaw Anim and Kumawu for the victory. Anim, go and make Kumawu proud and leave an indelible mark in Parliament,” the vice-president said in a Facebook post.

“Dress rehearsal for Election 2024”

Earlier, President Akufo-Addo declared that the by-election in Kumawu will serve as a pivotal starting point for the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) victory in the 2024 elections.

Addressing a crowd of supporters during the final campaign rally in Kumawu on Sunday (21 May), the president expressed confidence in the NPP‘s chances and emphasised the significance of the by-election in shaping the party’s trajectory going into the 2024 general election.

“Kumawu holds the key to our success in the upcoming elections. Let us seize this opportunity, mobilise our supporters and pave the way for a resounding victory in 2024,” the president said.


Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra



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