NPP Questions EC over Abuakwa North By-Election Date

The  opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Eastern Region is unhappy about plans by the Electoral Commission (EC) to hold by-election in the constituency of slain   Member of Parliament for Abuakwa (MP) J.B Danquah Adu.

The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has set April 5, 2016, for the conduct of a by-election in the Abuakwa North Constituency but the NPP is questioning the EC over the rush in conducting fresh elections in the area.

According to the Chairman, Alhaji Umar Bodinga in spite of the fact that the EC’s action is backed by the constitution, based on the horrific manner in which the MP lost his life which grieved the entire country, it would not have been out of place for the EC to allow at least one month to pass before putting out notice of polls.

The decision by the electoral body follows the demise of J. B. Danquah-Adu, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area.

He was murdered in the early hours of February 9, 2016 at his residence in East Legon by unidentified assailants. One of the suspected culprits has since been arrested and facing prosecution.

Article 112 (5) of the 1992 Constitution mandates the EC to conduct a by-election within 30 days after being notified of a vacancy in the House of Representatives by its Clerk.

The said article states “Whenever a vacancy occurs in Parliament, the Clerk to Parliament shall notify the Electoral Commission in writing within seven days after the vacancy occurred, and a by-election shall be held within thirty days after the vacancy occurred”.

Speaking to Kasapa News, Alhaji Umar Bodinga stated that the NPP is nonetheless prepared to recapture the Abukwa North seat which the party has held more than a decade.

“We are not leaving any stone unturned; we’ll come up with a very formidable candidate who will be equally appealing to the people of Abuakwa North constituency just as they liked the late J.B Danquah Adu.”