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OFFICIAL: NDC recaptures Talensi seat

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has recaptured the Talensi seat beating the opposition NPP and seven other parties that took part in Tuesday’s by-election, certified results have revealed.

The party’s candidate, former head of the Ghana Prisons Service, BT Baba is the MP-elect having polled 10,366 representing 42.31% of the total votes cast as against Thomas Duanab’s (NPP) 6,845 representing 27.94% of the total votes.

The PNC candidate Wombeoto Namailteng garnered 6,836 representing 27.90% of the total votes cast followed by the PPP which had 214 votes representing 0.87%. The GFP polled 58 votes, NVP had 93, UPP managed 49 while the IPP polled a paltry 38.

According to official figures from the Electoral Commission, total valid votes cast were 24,499, rejected votes were 882 while the votes cast were 25,381 representing 64.22% of total turn-out.

This means the ruling party has added additional muscle to its overwhelming parliamentary supremacy. The seat was until 2012 occupied by the NDC.

Both parties – NDC and NPP – had said the election provides them the opportunity to test their strength and strategies ahead of the 2016 elections.

Already the NPP’s Gabby Otchere Darko has taken to Twitter to congratulate the NDC candidate:
 
Today’s election was riddled with pockets of violence as the main opposition NPP and the ruling NDC have been at each other’s throat throughout the voting period.

Tension went high in the late hours of Tuesday afternoon following a clash between the NDC’s Azoka Boys and the opposition NPP’s Bolga Bull Dogs.

The clashes reportedly resulted in the injury of some individuals from both sides of the political divide.

The poll became necessary following the enskinment of the MP for the area Robert Nachinab Mosore as chief of the Tolon traditional area.



Source: StarrFMonline.com

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