Politics

NDC’s Gyakye Quayson wins Assin North by election with over 5000 votes difference

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The Assin North seat became vacant after the Supreme Court declared the election of NDC’s James Gyakye Quayson as unconstitutional, null and void.

James Gyakye Quayson, the parliamentary candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has retained the Assin North seat for the party.

Gyakye Quayson garnered 17, 245 votes (57.56%) to beat his main rival Charles Opoku of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had 12,630 (42.15%) of the total votes cast.

The candidate of Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Bernice Enyonam Sefenu also had 85 representing 0.29% of the total votes cast.

The total valid votes were 29, 962 the total votes cast were 30, 418 rejected ballots were 456 and the turnout was 74.23%.

The constituency has 40, 978 registered voters.

Arrests
Meanwhile, five individuals involved in activities that posed a threat to the ongoing by-election in Assin North have been apprehended by the police.

Among them, three were involved in assault, while two others were apprehended for impersonating security personnel.

One individual was wearing a police uniform, while the other was dressed in military tactical gear.

“Nobody has been shot at”
No person or vehicle has been shot at within Assin North, the police have said in an update in the by-election currently ongoing at the constituency.

The police say they have deployed adequate personnel throughout the constituency to ensure security, law and order for the remaining period of the election and beyond

“The police, however, recorded pockets of incidents, including an alleged incident of an individual shooting into the air. We wish to state that no person or vehicle has been shot at within the constituency.”

“All the recorded incidents are being investigated and Police have also arrested some suspects who are in custody assisting our investigation,” the police said in a post on Facebook.

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