The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Mfantseman constituency in the Central Region, has initiated moves to find a replacement for Mr. Ekow Kwansah Hayford, the party’s Parliamentary nominee for Election 2020 who was killed last Friday by suspected armed robbers.
This is in line with Section 4 of the Public Elections Regulations 2020, C.I. 127, which states that: “Where at the close of nominations, but before the election, one of the candidates dies, a further period of 10 days shall be allowed for nominations.”
The NPP in the Mfantseman constituency is yet to settle on a candidate to represent the late Ekow Kwansah Hayford but is hoping to find one this week to meet the 10 days deadline specified in law.
Ekow Kwansah Hayford who was the Member of Parliament for the area and was seeking re-election filed his nomination forms on Thursday, October 8, 2020, only to be killed the next day.
The EC closed the filing of nominations on Friday, October 9, 2020, the same day as the MP was killed at dawn.
As part of the processes for re-election, Mr Hayford battled it out with a new entrant Mr James Korsah-Brown in June 2020 where the NPP delegates endorsed him.
In an interview with Graphic Online’s Central Regional correspondent, Shirley Asiedu Addo, the first Vice-Chairman of the Mfantseman constituency, Mr Yaw Berchie-Nuako said the constituency executive would meet by mid-week to decide on a nominee and propose the same to the national executive for approval.
He said they were hoping that whoever they select will be a winnable candidate to step in the shoes of the late Mr Hayford.
“The constituency executive here are on the grounds and so we know who can win the seat for us,” he stated.
Mr Berchie-Nuako stated that there was no way the national executive could impose any person on the constituency.
Is it going to be Ekow Kwansah’s widow?
Asked if the party was considering bringing the widow of the late MP, Mr Berchie-Nuako did not give a definite answer except to say that the nature of the death was a great blow to the family.
Asked if the executives would consider Mr James Korsah-Brown the only candidate who had contested the late MP in the primary in June 2020, he said “like I said we don’t have any name yet. The executives would decide and let you know,” he stated.
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NPP will retain seat
The NDC held the seat for 8 years before the NPP’s Ekow Kwansah Hayford snatched it from them in 2016.
“Our late MP was a good man who did a lot of work. His four-year work as MP is far more than the NDC’s work in 8 years,” he stated.
He said any candidate chosen would ride on the excellent works of the late MP.
“We are not going to rely on sympathy votes. The works of Kwansah Hayford speak everywhere and we are optimistic that the NPP will retain the seat,” he added.
He urged NPP members to remain calm and support the family in prayers.
“I was with him when the incident happened and I have still not recovered from it. It has hit us hard but we are praying and know it will make us even stronger,” he added.