Election 2020: Late Mfantseman man MP's wife wins seat

Election 2020: Late Mfantseman man MP's wife wins seat

- Ophelia Mensah Hayford has won the Mfantseman seat for the NPP

- She was declared winner of the seat by Electoral Commission (EC) at Saltpond

- She obtained 36,091 votes representing 51.83%

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The wife of former Member of Parliament (MP) for Mfantseman, Ophelia Mensah Hayford has won the seat.

She was declared winner of the seat by Electoral Commission (EC) at Saltpond on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

The Returning Officer, Mr. Samuel Yamson declared Ophelia Mensah Hayford of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) winner over two other candidates from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Ghana Union Movement (GUM). reports Emmanuel J.K. Arthur.

She obtained 36,091 votes representing 51.83% while her close contender, NDC's James Essuon gained 32,379 votes representing 46.76%.

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The Constituency has 91,134 registered voters in 36 electoral areas where 220 polling stations are located.

A total of 70,233 however cast their votes 862 of which were rejected.

An obviously elated Ophelia Mensah Hayford dedicated the victory to her late husband, Ekow Quansah Hayford who was killed by armed men in October, 2020.

He was the serving member of Parliament and was seeking re-election.

Over 17 million voters were expected to take part in the December 7 election, having endured a challenging year due to the raging coronavirus pandemic.

The leading front runners in the 2020 polls are incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo, representing the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), and the presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama.

Ten other candidates are also in the race to be elected as president to manage the affairs of the country, with 275 single-member seats in parliament up for election as well.

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Polls opened from 7 am and ended after 5 pm in 38,622 polling stations in all the 275 constituencies nationwide.

The 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections will go down in Ghana's electoral history as the biggest slate of candidates since the country began democracy.

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