Politics of Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Provisional results indicate incumbent Member of Parliament for Ketu South Fifi Kwetey has won the National Democratic Congress Parliamentary primary held today
Out of the results of 65 polling stations monitored by Joy News, the incumbent MP has garnered over 13,000 votes with only five of the polling stations remaining.
His closest contender, Sylvanus Amedorme has barely garnered a 1,000 in as many results declared so far.
The primaries in Ketu South was postponed following a court suit filed by suspended Parliamentary aspirant Jim Morti but the case was thrown out paving way for today’s election.
Joy News’ Volta Region correspondent Ivy Setordzie reported of low turnout in the election which has two others, Sylvanus Yao Amedorme and Famous Kuadugah challenging the incumbent.
That notwithstanding the incumbent MP is confident of retaining the slot ahead of the 2016 Parliamentary polls.
Even before the votes will be counted he told Joy News “I am confident I will win. I will win decisively. There is no cause for alarm.”
Results trickling in so far points to an overwhelming victory by the incumbent MP, even though it is provisional.
At the Nogokpo L/A polling station Fifi Kwetey polled 450 whilst Amedorme and Kuadugah polled 7 and 5 respectively. At the Akame polling station, Kwetey had 297, Amedorme, 86, Kuadugah, 13.
At the Kpogedi station, Kwetey polled 266, Amedorme, 3, Kuadugah, 1 with two rejected ballots.
At the Aflao Market Square, Fifi Kwetey polled 605, Amedorme, 14, Kuadugah, 7 with 13 rejected ballots. At the Akporkploe Primary polling station, Kwetey polled 187 with Amedorme and Kuaduga polling 24 and 3 respectively.
The situation is not different at the Hatsukope polling station. Fifi Kwetey polled 415. Amedorme and Kuaduga polled 7 and 5 votes respectively with three rejected ballots.
There are 70 polling stations in the constituency and if the trend of the provisional results is anything to go by, the incumbent MP is sure to be retained as Parliamentary aspirant for the NDC and will go ahead to retain the seat in the ‘world bank’ of the NDC in 2016.
In a related development however, five communities have boycotted the elections in protest over what they say is government’s failure to honour promises made to them.
The residents claim the salt production in the area, which is their major source of livelihood, has been taken away from them.
They want the government to resolve their grievances before they will vote in the 2016 elections.