By-election: Kumawu elects new MP today
The by-election, which became necessary due to the unfortunate demise of the incumbent Member of Parliament, Phillip Basoah, who was laid to rest on Saturday, May 20, 2023, has brought forth a competitive political landscape.
The contesting candidates are Ernest Yaw Anim, representing the governing New Patriotic Party, and Kwasi Amankwaa, standing on behalf of the National Democratic Congress.
Interestingly, there are also two independent candidates in the race, both coincidentally named Kwaku Duah.
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In anticipation of the by-election, the Ghana Police Service has taken proactive measures to ensure the maintenance of law and order, as well as the preservation of peace and security before, during, and after the electoral process.
Adequate personnel have been deployed to Kumawu and the other communities within the Constituency to support the local police force in providing effective security during the election.
Recognizing the significance of a peaceful electoral process, the Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, held a meeting on Monday, May 22, 2023, with the leadership of both the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress at the district Police command in Kumawu.
During this meeting, he emphasized the need for both political parties to exert control over their respective supporters and ensure that they do not engage in any acts that could incite trouble or disrupt the peace in the area.
With a firm tone, the Inspector General of Police issued a warning that any form of lawlessness or breach of the peace would be met with appropriate legal action.
The authorities are determined to enforce the rule of law and uphold the integrity of the electoral process. Thus, any individuals or groups found engaging in unlawful activities will face the consequences according to the law.
By taking these precautionary measures and conveying a clear message of zero tolerance for violence or disturbance, the Ghana Police Service aims to create a safe and secure environment for voters to exercise their democratic rights.
The successful conduct of the by-election, free from any disruptions, is crucial for upholding the principles of democracy and ensuring a fair and transparent electoral process.