- Nii Lante Vanderpuye has won the Odododiodio seat with 40,502 valid votes cast
- President Akufo-Addo mistakenly called on electorates in the constituency to vote for the former sports minister
- Meanwhile, the ‘outcast’ Fomena MP, Andrew Amoako Asiamah, retained his seat as an independent candidate
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Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye has retained the Odododiodio constituency seat for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The former sports minister defeated Nii Lante Bannerman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), collecting 40,502 of the valid votes cast, YEN.com.gh gathered.
Bannerman had 34, 289 of the valid votes cast.
President Nana Akufo-Addo mistakenly endorsed the candidature of Vanderpuye days to the general elections.
The president during a rally in the constituency told voters, “if you are voting for me, then you are also voting for Nii Lante Vanderpuye.”
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Meanwhile, the former sports journalist was released from police custody following his arrest.
Information gathered by YEN.com.gh had it that the legislator was being accused of instigating a shooting incident near Modark Hotel after near fisticuffs between NPP and NDC supporters.
It is reported that he was released upon making bail.
In a separate development, the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, Andrew Amoako Asiamah retained the seat.
Asiamah was thrown out of the lawmaking chamber by Speaker, Prof. Mike Oquaye, following his dismissal by the governing NPP when he announced his bid to run as an independent candidate.
He retained the seat by collecting 12,805 votes to defeat the NPP’s Philip Ofori Asante who managed 10,798.
The NDC’s Christina Ama also polled 2,608 of the valid votes cast.
In an earlier YEN.com.gh report, the governing NPP declared President Nana Akufo-Addo the winner of the just-ended presidential race.
According to the party, the president won the election by collecting 4,252,275 (54.15%) of the valid votes cast while the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NDC) garnered 3,501,921 (44.60%) of the votes.
Series of pre-election polls projected the president to win the race to the Jubilee House. One of the polls said he would garner 56.6 percent of the valid votes cast while Mahama would manage 38.8 percent.
Ghanaian voters were at the polls on Monday, December 7, 2020, to cast their ballots to elect a president and 275 legislators to represent them in parliament.
Over 17 million voters were expected to take part in elections, having endured a challenging year due to the raging coronavirus.
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