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Ursula Owusu wins controversial Ablekuma West NPP polls

Incumbent Member of Parliament Ursula Owusu Ekuful has won the New Patriotic Party primary for Ablekuma West Constituency.

Mrs. Ekuful polled 554 votes while her contender Roni Nicole pulled 317 votes. Five ballots were rejected. Both candidates had their names missing in the electoral register and were turned away from voting but the incumbent was later allowed to vote because by the party’s regulation, MPs and National Executives have the right to vote even if their names are not in the register.

Ablekuma West was one of few constituencies that were exempted in the nationwide NPP primaries held last year to elect parliamentary candidates for the 2016 elections due to issues relating to voters register accusations, and protracted legal battle that kept the elections from being held.

Thirteen of the constituency executives resigned , accusing the National Executive Council of the party of manipulating to have Ursula Owusu, win the election.

The Acting Chairman, his Vice, Women’s Organiser and ten other constituency executives resigned ahead of the polls. Only the organizer and his deputy are left at the post. Theophilus Tetteh who was the immediate past Constituency Chairman and an aspirant pulled out of the polls accusing the NEC of supporting the incumbent.He threatened to go independent. 876 out of 1,200 delegates expected to vote turned up to elect the Parliamentary Candidate.

Voting began at 08:30 am and ended around 3:30 pm. After sorting and totaling the Electoral Commission declared the incumbent winner of the election and will now face NDC’s Madam Diana Twum and other candidates in the upcoming November Parliamentary polls.

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