Editorial note: Evans Effah, YEN.com.gh editor and author, profiles the Klottey Korle constituency and looks at the chances of the two main political parties, the NPP and the NDC, ahead of the November general elections.
The Klottey Korle constituency is one of the constituencies represented in Ghana’s Parliament. It is located in the Greater Accra region.
The constituency houses popular suburbs like Osu, Adabraka, Ridge, Asylum Down, etc. It hosts lots of government establishments, offices and entertainment hubs. A good mixture of Ghanaian ethnic groups reside there.
The Klottey Korle constituency is also a hot-bed of political history, having seen plenty of controversy ahead of the November polls. The two main political parties in Ghana, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), have a huge interest in the seat which is currently occupied by the NDC’s Nii Armah Ashietey.
Ashietey has lost the primaries to the daughter of former president, Jerry John Rawlings, Dr. Zenator Rawlings under circumstances that could be considered bizarre.
The NPP has ace lawyer, Philip Addison, as their candidate to contest the seat.
NDC in Klottey Korle
The NDC primary to choose a candidate to contest the Klottey Korle seat in 2016 has led to a lot of acrimony between the defeated incumbent and the elected aspirant.
The two main contenders for the party’s parliamentary ticket are Nii Armah Ashietey (the incumbent) and Dr Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings.
Ashietey is now in court contesting the illegibility of Zanetor Rawlings as a registered voter of the land. Dr Rawlings is not a registered voter in Ghana: electoral officials could not find her name in the just-ended parliamentary primaries of the ruling party, a fact made known through the electoral commission's chairperson, Charlotte Osei.
So the electorate awaits what the outcome of the court case will be, and who gets the nod as the NDC candidate in the Klottey Korle constituency.
NPP in Klottey Korle
The NPP in the Klottey Korle constituency are faced with their own form of drama. Nii Noi Nortey, disgruntled by the party’s primary election, is going independent after he lost a re-run to Philip Addison.
Nii Noi stated at a press conference in Accra that his decision is based on the fact that he has been unfairly treated by the party.
Nii Noi won the first primary organized by the party on August 2, 2015. However, Phillip Addison, who was a defeated aspirant, sued the NPP at the high court, demanding annulment of the results. The high court in Accra dismissed the application filed by the disputed parliamentary candidate, thereby setting the pace for the re-run which Nii Noi eventually lost.
Thus, the two main political parties have pending issues to address in the Klottey Korle constituency ahead of the November 7 polls.
Time will tell who becomes the member of Parliament for the constituency.