The Electoral Commission (EC) on Friday gave its consent to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament Aspirant for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency to contest the by-election, slated on January 31.
The EC gave the ‘green light’ to Delali Kwasi Brempong after he filed his nomination form with the Ayawaso District Office located at the Electoral Commission’s headquarters in Accra.
The seat became vacant after the death of Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, the sitting member of Parliament on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
Mr Brempong arrived at the premise of the Commission at 12:15 hours, with the party executives and supporters to present the forms.
Charles Kwame Osei, the Deputy Returning Officer, Ayawaso West Wuogon who received the forms, told the Ghana News Agency that, the Commission was satisfied with the provisions on the nomination forms after its assessment.
“We have gone through all the forms to cross-check and make sure that the forms are in order, and I can tell you that the NDC aspirant has met the needed requirements by EC to contest for the by-election”.
He said as required, the NDC Aspirant submitted a cheque for ¢10,000 as filing fee, two registered voters’ signatures on the forms as a proposer and seconder, respectively.
This was supported by 18 other registered voters in the Constituency as assenting to the nomination.
Other documents are two copies of a recent post-card-size photograph taken against a red background, revealing the full face and ears of the candidate.
The Deputy Returning Officer thanked the NDC Aspirant and the Party for contributing to the democratic endeavours of the country, adding: ‘The candidate has been given the green light to campaign’.
In an interview with GNA after submitting the forms, Mr Brempong said the process was smooth because he had gone through it before, explaining, ‘It is a repetition of the 2016 procedures for me’.
He said his campaign message would touch on security, sanitation and health, education and youth employment because he had realised there were a lot of opportunities in the Constituency, which when tapped would lead to the economic development of the people.
Mr Brempong said would focus on a house-to-house campaign to send the message across to the people, adding that he was most popular candidate in the Constituency.
He urged the electorates in the Constituency to vote for him to advance development in the area, saying that his chances for victory was 60 per cent because of the positive response he was receiving.
The EC on Thursday, January 10, opened nominations for the aspirants in Constituency. The nomination would open until Saturday, January 12, 2019.
Madam Lydia Alhassan, a mother of the children of Mr Agyarko, the former MP for the area, won the primary of the ruling New Patriotic Party.