National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has won the party’s primary.
In a poll that experienced a low turnout, the incumbent MP won convincingly to lead the constituency in the 2016 parliamentary election.
Mr. Ablakwa polled 9,855 representing 84.45% of the total votes cast. His closest rival,Mr. Charles Hodogbe, a two-term former Member of Parliament who made a return, polled a miserable 849 votes representing 7.82% of the vote, whiles the third contender, Bennert Appleh, a businessman, managed 778 of the votes representing 6.67%.
According to certified results from the Electoral Comnmission there were 187 rejected votes representing 1.6%. The total votes cast stood at 11, 482. The constituency has a registered voter population of 17,070, who cast their ballot at 109 polling centres.
The NDC primary for the North Tongu constituency was rescheduled for December because one of the aspirants filed an injunction to stop the election from the earlier date in November.
But the court threw out the suit making way for the elections.
Upon his declaration as the winner of the NDC primary in the constituency, Mr. Ablakwa thanked his constituents, including opinion leaders for supporting his bid and promised to continue with what he has stated with.
“I want to thank God for this sweet victory; it has been long and coming; we should have had this election about a month ago; but everything that happens, we give glory to God because he knows best; and we can only show gratitude and appreciation to him. I want to thank the good people of North Tongu, the chiefs. The queen mothers, the youth and the women who have returned me to Parliament because as you know in North Tongu, we are proud to say that we are the world bank of the National Democratic Congress. This is a far higher margin than what I won with four years ago, and it shows that when you work hard and you are humble and dedicated to serving your people, they will reward so I am very grateful to the constituents and to all those who supported me in the NDC fraternity.”