A Director of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in charge of quality assurance Mr. Anthony Gingong has won the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party Parliamentary slot for the Bunkprugu constituency in the Northern region.
Mr. Gingong a close confidante of President Mahama defeated a Lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS) Medical School and three others in the keenly contested primaries held on Saturday.
The contest which was largely contested between Mr. Gingong and Dr. Benson saw the NHIA executive trouncing his close and wide contestants to victory with 2,542 votes, as against Dr. Benson 2,271votes.
The impressive victory means Mr. Gingong who has been practising politics behind the comfort of close doors would now battle with the New Patriotic Party’ s (NPP) Solomon Boar, the incumbent for the area.
The three other contestants, Jagong Tahidu, Duut Bonchel Abdullai and Azumah Konlan, also pulled 1,066, 570 and 196 votes respectively in the election which was marred with initial agitations over deletion of some names from the electoral roll.
Out of 6,628 total votes cast, 183 were rejected.
Counting started about 5:pm and was shortly suspended over power black out and members of the party had to use pick up vehicles to provide lights for EC officials to count the ballots.
Ultimate News’ Eliasu Tanko reports that the election was generally peaceful, and was conducted under a heavy team of visually intimidating military and police force.
The party’s National Youth Organizer, Abubakar Siidi, National women organizer, the Northern region NDC director of elections, Mr. Rashid Tanko Computer and the regional youth organizer Mohammed Amin(Abio) were some leaders of the party who supervised over the elections.
Mr. Anthony the new NDC candidate parliamentary candidate for the Bunkprugu constituency thanked members of the party and his contesters for decently holding up themselves for the entire period of the process.
He pleaded for their support in order to reclaim to seat from the NPP and pledged to strengthen the unity ahead of the December 7 general elections.