Eugene Antwi’s Election Without EC Supervision Sparks Trouble

Subin Constituency Subin Constituency

 Trouble is brewing at Subin Constituency in the Ashanti region with some delegates and supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) vowing to campaign against incumbent MP, Eugene Boakye Antwi, who was re-elected as Parliamentary candidate for the area in the December 7 parliamentary elections under some controversial circumstances.

Addressing a news conference at Adum in Kumasi, the party delegates questioned why Frank Kwadwo Fuodu’s name was expunged from the three aspirants cleared by the regional vetting committee. The group again described the re-election of the Deputy Minister of Works and Housing as Parliamentary Candidate for the Constituency as illegal, sighting a high court injunction on the primaries which was ignored by the party. Speaking to the media, the group threatened to lead a massive campaign in the Constituency against the supposed elected PC, if their concerns are noted addressed. Eugene Boakye Antwi, won the NPP primary for the second time in an election the Electoral Commission (EC) failed to supervise.

The Commission’s absence was due to an injunction secured by some delegates of the Constituency and served on the EC.

With support from the Regional Executives, party executives in the area had to oversee the elections in the absence of the contender, Joseph Boakye Danquah. The party chairman in the Constituency led party supporters mainly delegates to lift the hands of the incumbent MP in victory. This was after he polled 485 votes against 166. Last Friday, a court injunction was granted 50 delegates, restraining the party from conducting the elections. According to party sources, the EC and other interested persons, were rightly served, hence the refusal of the EC to show up for the elections.

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NPP, Samuel Pyne, says preparations are underway to reunite party members in the region after the just ended primaries. He claims the internal election left behind some ‘hatred’ among party members and regional executives, hence, there is a need to build a united front in the region ahead of the December polls. Speaking to NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’, Sam Pyne, as widely known in the political circles noted that a committee has been formed in the region to address issues that emanated from the primaries. “We have formed the Arbitration and Reconciliation Committee in the regions to see to it that all issues are solved. It’s really important for us. We need to go into the December polls as a united party with one purpose,” He told host Mac Jerry Osei-Agyemang. The governing NPP on Saturday, June 20, 2020, held its parliamentary primaries in about 168 constituencies where they have sitting MPs. The first phase of the primaries came off in September 2019 in “orphan constituencies” – constituencies with no sitting Members of Parliament.

 

Source: theheraldghana