Female candidates perform poorly in Western Region

From Clement Adzei Boye, Takoradi

Samia Yaba C. Nkrumah, CPP

Catherine Afeku,NPP...

Catherine Afeku,NPP

Only two out of the eight women who contested the parliamentary seats in 26 constituencies of the Western Region won.
In all, 108 parliamentary candidates contested the elections.
The NPP fielded three women in the Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira, Prestea-Huni Valley and Juaboso constituencies, CPP had three at Juaboso, Wassa Amenfi East and Jomoro – while PNC and PPP had one candidate each in the Jomoro and Bibiani – Anhwiaso, Bekwai constituencies respectively.
The NDC did not field any woman in the region.
Catherine Abelema Afeku, the NPP candidate for the Evalue-Ajomoro-Gwira constituency, sprang a surprise comeback when she beat the incumbent, Kweku Tanikyi Kessie of the NDC.
She won the race with a margin of 2,586 votes by obtaining 14,002 votes as against Kessie’s 12,416 votes, John Kofi Cobbinah of UFP had 58, while Prince Pokouh Agyei of PPP got 316.
The new Evalue MP won the elections in 2008 but lost it in the 2012 elections to Kessie, who bagged 15,359 votes, representing 52.95 per cent, as against her 13,157, representing 45.36 per cent that year.
In the Prestea-Huni Valley constituency, lawyer and NPP candidate Barbara Oteng–Gyasi grabbed 36,444 votes to beat the District Chief Executive (DCE), Robert Wisdom Cudjoe, of the NDC, who got 32,073 votes out of the 70,003 votes, while Edmund Duku of PPP had 848 votes, Francis Owusu Eduku of CPP 152 and Theophilus B.S. Baraumah, 755 votes.




Barbara Oteng–Gyasi

Meanwhile, Martha Kwayie of the NPP managed with 15,604 votes when she was beaten by main challenger, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, who got 17,233 votes out of the 33,199 votes cast at Juaboso, Ernestina Oppong of CPP had 87votes.
Vivian Ofosuhene of the CPP also failed to clinch the seat in the Wassa Amenfi East contest when she got 144 votes while Patrick Bogya- Saime of the NPP, the main challenger, bagged 26,851 votes out of the 49,227 votes cast.
Again, Benedicta Boama, who stood on the ticket of PPP failed the test when she obtained 513 votes out the 63,991 votes cast during the contest at Bibiani-Anhwiaso Bekwai Constituency won by Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu of the NPP, who whooped 33,145 votes.
Former CPP chairperson, Samia Yaba C. Nkrumah, daughter of the nation’s founder, got 9,714 votes failing in her second bid at Jomoro.
She trailed behind Paul Essien of the NPP, who bagged 18,694 votes to win the contest. Jemima Soboe of PNC also received 334 votes.
In the 2012 elections out of 12 women who filed their nominations, only the former Member of Parliament of Tarkwa-Nsuaem made it to Parliament.
The Western Regional Directorate of the Electoral Commission (EC), indicated to The Ghanaian Times that, 21 females won elections out of the 58, who filed their nominations during the recent District Level Elections (DLE).
On the men side, 521 out of the 1,592 nominations were elected, bringing the total number of assembly members in the region to 542.
Commenting on the results, the Western Regional Director of the EC, Mr. Stephen Opoku-Mensah, said female participation in elections in the region was on A downward trend, adding that “it’s low”.


From Clement Adzei Boye, Takoradi

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