The 2008 general election has so far panned out as a straight contest between the ruling New Patriotic Party and National Democratic Congress, true to pre-polls predictions.
What is emerging, is a strong indication the opposition NDC could be making gains in parliamentary seats should current trends persist.
At Adenta in the Greater Accra Region, the NPP’s Kwadjo Opare Hammond, incumbent MP, failed to retain the seat as NDC’s Kojo Adu Asare, a businessman, polled 20,230 votes to win the seat.
Opare Hammond had 16,646.
In the Krowor and Ledzokuku constituencies in Accra, the NPP ceded their seats to the NDC.
Deputy Health Minister, Gladys Norley Ashitey failed to keep her Ledzokuku constituency seat after polling 30,622. Nii Nortey Duah, NDC, won the seat with 42,087.
In a close contest for the Korle Klottey seat, the incumbent NDC’s Ishmael Ashitey narrowly edged out the NPP’s Samuel J. Adjei Tawiah, polling 30,633 as against 28,011 by Tawiah.
At Mfantseman West, Information and National Orientation Minister, Stephen Asamoah Boateng lost his seat to the NDC’s Aquinas Quansah, while in the Gomoa West constituency, NPP’s Joe Kingsley Hackman also lost his to the NDC candidate, Francis Kojo Arthur. The results were 12,511 to 15,985 respectively.
Hon. Samuel Owusu-Agyei, NPP MP for Efutu in the Central Region, lost his seat to the NDC’s Mike Allen Hammah. The incumbent polled 12,010 votes against 15,124 by Hammah.
At Nanton in the Northern Region, Alhaji Abdul-Karim, NPP, toppled NDC’s Alhaji Alhassan Yakubu, polling 6,868 votes as against 6,177 for the incumbent.
NPP former General Secretary, Dan Botwe, won the Okere Constituency of the Eastern Region with 11,974. His closest pursuer, Addo George Opare of the NDC, polled 6,729.
Credit: Isaac Yeboah