James Gyakye Quayson of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) took an early lead in the Assin North constituency by-election when the Electoral Commission (EC) started collating the results Tuesday evening.
The Returning Officer for the election, Kofi Tsibu declared James Gyakye Quayson winner by raising his hand at the Youth Centre at Assin Bereku at 9:50 pm.
Quayson won with 17,245 votes representing 57.56 percent of the valid votes cast with the New Patriotic Party candidate, Charles Opoku coming second with 12,630 votes representing 42.15 percent.
The Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) candidate Sefenu Bernice Enyonam got 87 votes representing 0.29 percent.
Mr Gyakye Quayson said his win was a win for the conscience of well-thinking Ghanaians who were not influenced by money.
In what he described as “injustices meted” out to him, he said he was unperturbed because he knew he had the support of his constituents, the NDC fraternity and even people from the NPP saying the election results has spoken.
He said the win was a reposition of confidence in him and pledged to work together with the NDC and his constituents to accelerate the development of the area.
In all there were 29,962 valid votes out of the 30,418 votes cast representing 74.23 percent turn out.
In the 2020 Parliamentary election in Assin North, Gyakye Quayson won with 17,498 votes representing 55.21 percent as against the then NPP candidate Abena Durowaa Mensah’s 14,193 votes representing 44.79 percent.
There were early indications by 6:30pm on Tuesday that Quayson was retaining the Assin North parliamentary seat.
Functionaries from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) had earlier released some figures projecting the party’s candidate James Quayson was winning.
This threw NDC supporters in the constituency into celebratory mood with many pouring white powder on themselves in jubilation.