The Electoral Commission has set Tuesday, March 29, 2016, to conduct a by-election in the Abuakwa North constituency of the Eastern Region.
The by-election has been necessitated by the death of the Member of Parliament for the area, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, who was allegedly killed by a teenager on February 9, 2016.
Nominations for the election will be taken on Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2, at the District Office of the Commission at Tafo in the Eastern Region.
The by-election is in accordance with Article 112(5) of 1992 constitution. The late MP is yet to be buried.
JB Danquah was allegedly killed by 19-year-old Daniel Asiedu at his residence at Shiashi in Accra, where he lived with his family.
Daniel Asiedu, who confessed to killing the MP, said he went there to steal but not to kill. The suspect said he killed the MP because he engaged him in struggle.
About J.B Danquah
The late Joseph Boakye Danquah, once served as a Deputy Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs. He was the Abuakwa North MP from 2000 until 2008, when he lost the seat to the NPP’s Prof. Samuel Amoako.
He returned in 2012 to win the seat. He left behind a wife and two children. Joseph Boakye Danquah, a chartered Accountant by profession, is the grandson of late J.B Danquah, a Ghanaian statesman, pan-Africanist, scholar and historian, who played a significant role in pre- and post-colonial Ghana.
Find below the full EC release
PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION – ABUAKWA NORTH CONSTITUENCY
Following the death of the Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa North Constituency, Hon. Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu and in accordance with Article 112(5) of the Constitution, as amended, the Electoral Commission will hold a by-election in the constituency on Tuesday, the 29th Day of March, 2016.
Nominations for the election will be taken on Tuesday the 1st day of March and Wednesday the 2nd day of March, 2016 at the District Office of the Commission at Tafo in the Eastern Region, from 9:00am to 12:00noon and 2:00pm to 5:00pm both days.
Nomination forms may be obtained from the District Office or the Regional Office of the Commission at Koforidua.
Candidates for the election shall provide two recent photographs (bust) with red background, showing the full face and both ears.
The filing fee for the election is One Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢1,000.00).
All interested candidates and political parties are to take note and be guided accordingly.
Signed: Amadu Sulley Deputy Chairman (operations)
By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana