Former President John Mahama has stated that the performance by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the just ended Kumawu by-election in the Ashanti region is significant.

According to him, the significance of the NDC performance is from the face of the deliberate vote buying undertaken by the NPP during the election.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Mahama congratulated the people of Kumawu for the peaceful conduct of the parliamentary by-election.

Meanwhile, the leadership NDC in the Ashanti Region has refuted claims by the South Dayi, Member of Parliament, Rockson Nelson Dafiamekpor that the party scored single digits in some polling stations during Tuesday’s by-election in Kumawu in the Ashanti Region.

According to the MP, the party performed woefully in some polling stations despite having Branch Executives in those areas.

But the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC, Dr. Frank Amoakohene, in an interview with Starr FM said the claims are false, adding that though the party lost the polls the over one thousand votes gained is an indication of progress being made in the stronghold of their rival, the NPP.

Below if the full statement by former President John Mahama

Congratulations to the people of Kumawu for the peaceful conduct of Tuesday’s parliamentary by-election.

Of course, I cannot forget the warmth of the people and the enthusiasm demonstrated when I led a delegation from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to campaign for our candidate, Kwasi Amankwah. I am very grateful.

That enthusiasm was aptly demonstrated in the increased number of votes our candidate garnered in the poll – 1,284 actual votes representing an increase of 52.6% over our 2020 performance.

That is significant, especially in the face of the deliberate vote buying undertaken by the NPP, even at the polling stations, and the deceit of the people with asphalt roads, and the fact that the constituency has historically been an NPP stronghold.

The election result is a great sign from the good people of Kumawu.  

Judging from the results, the ruling NPP has clearly recorded a significant reduction in the OVERALL votes in their strong hold, and for me, that is a great sign from the good people of Kumawu.

We may not have succeeded in flipping the seat, but I am proud that, as a collective, spearheaded by our National Chairman and General Secretary, we have had the opportunity to test our reviewed electoral operational procedures, including monitoring, party agent selection and training, collation, and transmission of results.

I would want to congratulate the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and his men and women for their assistance in ensuring a peaceful conduct of the polls. The conduct of the police personnel gives us confidence for the future that they will continue to bear true allegiance to the state and not to any political party.

To the Electoral Commission, you are once again reminded that a credible election depends as much on the persons you recruit and appoint as presiding and other officers as much as it depends on the collaboration with the agents and representatives of the political parties.

Many of the infractions observed should not have occurred. Our monitoring teams that ensured the early detection of these infractions will be looking forward to engaging further to ensure that these issues are definitely dealt with and corrective measures taken ahead of any other election.

Thank you to the team from the branches, constituency, region, national, and the many selfless members of our party who were in Kumawu to assist in various ways towards the improved outing in this by-election.

Congratulations, Kwasi Amankwah. You can count on the party for the utmost support to enhance the gains of the NDC in the main election in 2024.

All in all, Kumawu has had positive outcomes for us, and we must apply lessons learned speedily even as we head towards the pending Assin North by-election.

Finally, I extend my congratulations to the Member of Parliament-elect Ernest Ayim.

Source: Ghana/