16April2014

The New Statesman

Ghana's Oldest Mainstream Newspaper

NDC loses 7,000 votes in Kumbungu

Signs of despondency and anger at the worsening plight of Ghanaians under the ruling National Democratic Congress government under the leadership of John Dramani Mahama were made manifest as the results of the Kumbungu by-elections were announced on Tuesday.

Amadu Moses Yahaya of the CPP beat of competition from Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu of the NDC and Ahmed Mansuru Mohammed, PPP to emerge as the new Member of Parliament for Kumbungu.

 

Provisional results indicate that he polled 13,029 votes representing 51.80% of total valid votes cast. His counterpart from the NDC polled 11,896 representing 47.29% of total valid votes cast. The PPP candidate polled 228 votes representing 0.19%.

Checks made by the New Statesman from the parliamentary results in the December 7 elections, reveals that Mohammed Mumuni of the NDC won the seat by obtaining 18,285. His closest rival, Abdulai Mohammed Saani of the NPP polled 8,523, a difference of 9,762.

Surprisingly, the winner of the by-election, Mr Amadu Moses Yahaya, was also a candidate in the December 7 parliamentary elections. He, however, came in third obtaining 4,134 votes.

Mr Amadu Yahaya’s victory has largely been attributed to the decision by the NPP not to field a parliamentary candidate as a result of a decision of the National Executive Committee not to contest any elections until the outcome of the presidential election petition, which is being heard at the Supreme Court, is determined.

The Kumbungu constituency, until Tuesday, was regarded as one of the strongholds of the NDC in the region following the party’s continued electoral victories in the area since the advent of multi-party democracy in 1992.

The seat, however, became vacant after incumbent Member of Parliament and former Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Mumuni left to take up the post of Secretary General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) paving way for a by-election for a replacement.