September 1, 2010

The Electoral Comission has declared New Patriotic Party’s Kwasi Amoako-Attah winner of the Atiwa by-election which was held on Tuesday 31st August 2010, after polling 20,282 or 75 percent of valid votes cast.

The ruling National Democratic Congress’ Emmanuel Atta Twum obtained 6,190 of the votes to place second, followed in third position by the New Vision Party’s George Apraku Padmore with 477 or 1.76% votes while the People’s National Convention’s Kasum Abdul-Karim trailed at fourth place with 94 or 0.35% of votes.

As many as 497 votes were rejected out of a total of 27,043 cast, and a voter turnout of 53.3%. Atiwa has 51,658 registered voters.

Atiwa constituency has been a strong hold of the opposition New Patriotic Part since 1996.

In 2008 the NPP won the parliamentary seat by 26,423 votes or 76.43 percent of valid votes, followed by the NDC with 7,851 or 22.71 percent while the PNC’s Abdul-Karim followed with 296 votes or 0.86 percent.

The Atiwa Parliamentary seat became vacant following the death of the NPP Member of Parliament for the area, Kwasi Annoh Ankamah on July 1.

Source:Kwadwo Anim/