The Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma West constituency, Ursula Owusu was yesterday elected as the parliamentary candidate on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2016 general elections. Out of the about 1,200 delegates expected to vote, only 876 delegates turned out to cast their vote.
The controversial and outspoken lawmaker garnered 554 of total valid votes cast while her sole contender, Roni Nicole, pulled 317 of total valid votes cast. In all, there were 876 valid votes cast with five ballots rejected.
The election was not without controversies as some 13 executives led by former party chairman, Theophilus Tetteh resigned en bloc on Friday night ahead of the polls citing bias on the part of the National Executives. Another 400 delegates also boycotted the elections because according to them the entire process was fraught with irregularities .
Kwabena Asamoah spokes person for the 400 delegates confirmed the boycott to the media citing disagreement with the party National Executive Committee’s decision to use two different registers for the elections.
“We boycotted the elections because the album we were supposed to use today should contain 575 people but if they want to go ahead with Ursula’s own, then we have no choice than to boycott the election” he stated.
After the voting, Roni Nicole conceded defeat and promised to help the victor in her campaign for the good of the party.
The Ablekuma West Primaries had to be delayed because some disgruntled supporters of Mr. Theophilus Tetteh took the party to court to challenge the eligibility of some of the names on the party’s register.