Nkawkaw (E/R), Sept. 23, GNA-Mr Seth Adjei-Baah, popularly known as “Shaba”, Member of Parliament for Nkawkaw, lost his bid to contest the December parliamentary elections on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) when he lost local constituency primaries over the weekend.
Mr Eric Kwakye Darfou, a former Eastern Regional Treasurer of the party polled 191 votes as against Mr Baah's paltry 26 votes.
Mr Adjei-Baah won the Nkawkaw Parliamentary seat as an independent candidate in 2008 parliamentary election but decided to contest the seat on the ticket of the NPP this year.
Six candidates including two women contested the primaries conducted by the Electoral Commission(EC) in which Mr Darfuo won by 36.2 percent of the total votes cast while Kwabena Adusah Okerchiri , former MP for the constituency had 186 votes representing 35.2 percent to place second with the third position going to Ms Joyce Opoku Boateng, a legal practitioner who won 102 votes, representing 19.49 percent.
Mr Adjei-Baah took the fourth position with 26 votes while Mr Yaw Owusu Addo, Director of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) Radio, had 12 votes, to place fifth with the sixth position going to Ms Vida Agyekum-Acheampong, who polled 10 votes.
Five hundred and twenty seven out of 531 delegates from the 97 polling stations in the constituency, constituency executives, and members of the Council of Elders, Council of Patrons and Electoral Area Coordinators of the party in the constituency took part in the elections.
Two votes were rejected while three delegates failed to turn up.
In his victory speech, Mr Darfuo thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in him and called on the other contestants and supporters of the party in the constituency to bury their differences and unite to intensify their campaign to ensure a total victory for the party in the December general elections.
The Eastern Regional First Vice-Chairman of the party, Alhaji Omar Bodinga, commended the delegates and the contestants for a peaceful and successful election and urged the supporters of the party to cooperate to win the forth coming general elections in the constituency.