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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) met its Waterloo in this year?s general elections in the Western region after it won only eight out of 26 constituencies to the utter shock of supporters of the elephant party.

The NPP won the Sekondi, Effia, Kwesimintsim, Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai, Takoradi, Essikado-Ketan and Mpohor seats.

The NDC also captured the Aowin, Amenfi West, Amenfi Central, Amenfi East, Bia East, Bia West, Ellembelle, Evalue-Gwira, Ahanta West, Sefwi Wiawso, Prestea ? Huni Valley, Shama, Suaman, Akontombra, Bodi, Jomoro and Juaboso constituencies.

According to certified results obtained from the Electoral Commission (EC), Joseph Boahen Aidoo, former Western Regional Minister lost the Amenfi East seat to Akwasi Oppong Fosu, the NDC candidate.

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, NPP parliamentary candidate for Sefwi Wiawso and former Minister of Health during the previous Kufuor administration, lost to Paul Evans Aidoo, the sitting Western Regional Minister for the third time.

Afriyie, who brought a lot of development to Sefwi Wiawso and its environs and has a very well-equipped hospital, which is second to the district hospital, has to retire from politics because he is a medical officer par excellence, an NDC foot-soldier indicated.

Another NDC activist told DAILY GUIDE that Dr. Afriyie is a very good parliamentary candidate, but his foot soldiers failed to adopt the house-to-house campaign early.

The iron lady of the NPP in the Evalue-Gwira constituency, Catherine Afeku, who polled 13157 votes, lost to Kweku Tanikyi Kesse of the NDC, who garnered 15359 votes.

In Sekondi constituency, Captain Anthony Cudjoe (rtd), the NDC candidate matched Papa Owusu Ankomah boot for boot. He won by a little over one thousand votes.

The people of Sekondi were extremely surprised when the police failed to arrest some NDC men who hurled insults and poked their hands into the eyes of Papa Owusu Ankomah at the Sekondi Youth Centre, the collating centre.

A lot of respectable people including media practitioners were totally surprised that police officers including superior officers failed to check unruly NDC supporters.

One of them remarked ?has the powers that be instructed the police not to arrest NDC supporters who insult a sitting MP like Owusu Ankomah, even when they are poised to spark chaos??

This happened after Captain Cudjoe challenged the credibility of the verdict of the returning officer after the counting of the ballot papers of the special voters.

As at the time of filing this report, supporters of the NDC, clad in party paraphernalia, rode in cars and motorbikes through town. They chanted NDC slogans and declared that John Mahama had recorded over 50 per cent of the votes and would be declared president by the chairman of the EC.

Of the four newly created constituencies in the Western Region, the NDC won two-Bia East and Bodi while NPP won the Effia and Mpohor constituencies.

The NDC offered money, mobile phones, bicycles, motorbikes, basins, sardines, wax prints, rice, blankets and many other things to influence the electorate.

Meanwhile, people in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis are seen standing in groups while others watched television. They were seen discussing the outcome of the 2012 elections.

From Sam Mark Essien, Sekondi


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