A science teacher Gifty Twum Ampofo has won the parliamentary primaries to represent the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in a bye-election following the murder of the incumbent, Joseph Boakye Danquah.
Gifty who is the Eastern Regional president of the Ghana Science Teachers Association (GAST) garnered 207 of the votes to beat her closest challenger Isaac Osei who got 104 votes.
The third aspirant Kyei Brobby obtained 27 votes. Two other contestants dropped out on voting day in a move believed to favour Gifty Ampofo.
Soon after the results were declared, supporters of the winner poured powder on Gifty who was dressed in mourning clothes.
The election was held at the Tafo District office of the Electoral Commission began Tuesday 8am and ended at 1pm for counting.
The Abuakwa North constituency is a traditional NPP seat located in an NPP stronghold in the Eastern region. The seat became vacant after the MP Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu was stabbed to death in his bedroom at dawn on February 9, 2016.
JB Danquah Adu
The Electoral Commission has set April 9 for the bye-election.