Assin North By-Elections: The NDC’s Provisional Results Versus EC Official Results
As political parties increasingly rely on their own tallying of election results, we have actively seen this significantly heighten for the past two by-elections this year and have showcased political parties’ capacity and capability in this new domain.
In Kumawu for instance, the recent by-election that took place last month, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) compiled and declared their result before the Electoral Commission (EC) made the formal announcement.
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And hence, Assin North has witnessed both parties establishing collation centers, but it was the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that progressively unveiled figures from its center as polling station results comes in.
About The Assin North By-Election:
The by-election in Assin North was held to fill the parliamentary seat left vacant following a legal battle that raised concerns about Quayson’s eligibility to hold office due to dual citizenship.
The NDC figures
Just within a mere three hours after the polls closed for the by-election, the NDC projected a victory for their parliamentary candidate Jame Gyakye Quayson.
The NDC stated that the MP-elect had garnered 17,205 votes in the polls, which represented 57.4% of the valid votes cast.
According to NDC calculations of the election results, their opponent Charles Opoku of the NPP also secured 11,389 votes, accounting for 42% of the valid votes cast.
Finally, a third candidate from the Liberal Party of Ghana received 85 votes, constituting 0.28% of the total.
EC’s formal declaration
Gyakye Quayson was declared the winner after the Electoral Commission of Ghana officially announced him as the Member of Parliament-elect.
As per the Electoral Commission’s announcement, James Gyakye Quayson accumulated a total of 17,245 votes from the polls, representing 57.56% of the total votes cast.
His other rival Charles Opoku of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) also received 12,630 votes, accounting for 42.15% of the votes.
And finally. Bernice Enyonam Sefenu of the Liberal Party Ghana (LPG) secured 87 votes, which constituted 0.29% of the overall tally.
Based on the figures from both parties, it is evident that the NDC’s consolidation was thorough, and the system they implemented was robust enough to deliver polling station results in a timely manner.
However, many analysts have cautioned that this achievement pertains to a single constituency, and the parties will now need to focus on establishing a system to consolidate results at two levels in 2024 – the national presidential vote and the results for 275 parliamentary seats.