A TOTAL of 39,000 voters in the Talensi Constituency in the Upper East Region go to the polls today to decide who should be their Member of Parliament (MP).
The seat became vacant following the resignation of their MP, Robert Nachinab Doameng Mosore, who had been installed the Tongo-Rana, Paramount Chief of the Tongo Traditional Area.
To minimise challenges associated with Biometric Verification Machines (BVM) that characterised the 2012 general elections, the Upper East Regional Director of the EC, James Arthur Yeboah, who is superintending over the polls, has provided all the 74 polling stations with two BVMs to ensure the smooth verification of voters to avert any voter being denied the opportunity to cast her vote.
Eight candidates including Joseph Toatoba; for Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Daniel Atiah Tambil for Independent People’s Party (IPP), James Mambora Doubil; New Vision Party (NVP), Benson Tongo Baba for National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Wombeogo Michael Namaliteng for People’s Convention Party (PNC), are contesting the seat.
The rest are Yaro Bameezina Philip for Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), Isaac Kungarzore for United Progressive Party (UPP) and Wuni Thomas Pearson Duanab for New Patriotic Party (NPP).
A school of thought has it that though the eight contestants were just to add up to the number, the fight was certainly between Benson Tongo Baba of the NDC, Wuni Thomas Pearson Duanab of the NPP and Wombeogo Michael Namaliteng of the PNC.
Another school of thought holds the view that it was a battle between the ruling NDC and the NPP.
While the NDC is of the conviction that since the party had won the seat five times from 1992 through to 2012 they were certain of recapturing the seat, the NPP said since it snatched the seat from the NDC in 2012 it would retain it.
By Matthew Ayoo and A A Mbords