The National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Tema East constituency is staging a fierce contest to unseat the New Patriotic Party candidate and incumbent, Titus Glover.
The Tema East constituency is within the Tema Metropolitan Assembly.
In 2012 it was split into two, with Tema Central being carved out of it.
The constituency comprises areas like Community 1, Newtown, Harbour area , Bankuman and parts of the heavy industrial area.
The constituency became the talk of town after the 2012 election when just three votes decided which of the two leading candidates would go to parliament to represent the people.
Citi FM’s election coverage team in charge of the Southern Zone, the Samurais visited the constituency to discover the interesting dynamics that could influence the votes on December 7.
Titus Glover who is the incumbent Member of Parliament, is an indigene of the area and has lived in the constituency for the better part of his life.
In 2012 he was elected to represent the NPP as its candidate in the constituency and won the seat at his first attempt.
Though the contest is expected to keener, the NPP is optimistic the seat will remain with the NPP in the upcoming election.
Speaking on Citi FM’s Campaign Trail, Mr. Glover said he had embarked on a number of developmental projects hence deserves another term.
“I can say that in these four years I have been in office I have managed to put people in few places. I provided one of the ultra modern toilet facilities in the constituency. Again when it comes to Community 1 major achievement under my administration is the fixing of the Kwasiagwaso market.”
The NPP may be confident of a win but the NDC are equally sure that this time around Kempes Ofosuware will prove to Titus that his victory was a fluke.
Speaking on Citi FM’s Campaign Trail, Kempes said the NDC is poised for victory in 2016.
“The people know that when I was MCE I tried as much as possible to provide job opportunities for the teeming youth. We expanded the educational sector and I will continue with what I did for the people of Tema when I was MCE when voted for come December 2016.We are ready for victory…”
Kempes Ofosuware who is the first NDC candidate to have secured the highest margin for the NDC was once the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tema.
Before that, he was the Assembly man for the Padmore Electoral area.
Voting trends in Tema East
The NPP won the seat in 1996, 2000, 2004 , 2008 with wide margins until the last election in 2012 when the NDC gave the NPP, the biggest competition ever, led by its candidate Kempes Ofosuware.
He stretched Titus Glover to his limits, taking the contest to the wire and lost by just three votes.
The contest is expected to be even keener but the NPP still believes the seat will remain with the party.
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By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana