Hot Race For Talensi Seat

The race for the vacant Talensi seat in the Upper East Region is gradually getting hot as the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) is leaving no stone unturned to reclaim the seat John Akologo Tia held for 20 years and lost to the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) Robert Mosore Doameng in 2012.

The NPP is equally ready to retain the seat they had longed for during John Tia’s 20 years in Parliament, and will count more on the works and commitment of their former MP, and NPP in general, to development and the introduction of pro-poor policies to win the seat again.

At the close of Sunday, June 14, six people were said to have expressed interest in contesting in the by-election on the ticket of the NDC and had gone ahead to pick nomination forms, excluding John Akologo Tia, who many were thinking will want to contest for the seat again.

The District Chief Executive for Talensi, Edwards Awoonore, was the first to pick his nomination form and the first to file to contest on the ticket of the NDC, accompanying it with the required GH¢5,000 filing fee.

Another popular name that has popped up as a contender for the seat is B.T. Baba who contested the last primary with John Tia and lost.

From the New Patriotic Party side, three names have been mentioned as people who have also expressed interest in the Talensi seat. They are Robert Alibo, Thomas Duaneb and William Zoogah.

The by-election is slated for July 7, 2015 and all election machines, ‘tricks’ and eyes of the two major political parties will be on the Talensi constituency.

The People’s National Convention’s regular parliamentary candidate, Dr Michael Wombengo, is tipped as the candidate to represent the PNC.

Dr Wombengo contested with former MP, John Tia, in the 2008 and 2012 parliamentary elections.

The former NPP Member of Parliament for Talensi, Robert Mosore Doameng, has officially informed the Parliament of Ghana of his elevation to the status of the Paramount Chief of the Talensi Traditional Area in the Upper East region; hence, the need for a by-election to fill the vacant Talensi seat in Parliament.

From: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Tongo

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