Ghana’s Supreme Court ruling on then-incumbent lawmaker James Gyakye Quayson to compete in a by-election to uphold his claims of denouncing his Canadian citizenship before the 2020 General Elections has mandated a crucial factor for the governance come 2024.
Registered voters at the Assin North Constituency located in the Central Region of the country are mandatorily sent to polls on Tuesday, 27th June 2023 to elect their Member of Parliament primarily between Charles Opoku under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ticket and an accused person of an ongoing court issues, James Qyayson for the National Democratic Congress(NDC), both, main political parties of the West African nation.
The reason for the eagerness of this election is that both political parties presently have the same number of lawmakers in parliament, influencing instability in the decision-making of the country, while one party is allegedly fighting to take the lead in the House.
Recently, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a 3 billion dollar fund to relieve the nation’s economy from deteriorating after the government claimed situations were majorly influenced by COVID-19 and the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine.
Back to the matter, Former President John Dramani who doubles as the presidential flagbearer of the largest opposition party and President Akufo-Addo have taken to the airwaves to politically campaign drastically for respective candidates in the constituency.
In a case, where, the NDC candidate wins the election, there would be little or no development in the area as he would still be facing legal issues with the judiciary system, which analysts have declared as opaque for voters.
Outcomes of the by-election are rarely predictable. Earlier today, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. Akuffo Dampare, met with political parties in the Assin North area, policing, and the importance of peace in the voting. A 3news medium reported that bodyguards of MPs and other state officials who will be in the area for Tuesday’s by-elections to hand over their weapons.
Weather conditions for vote turnout will be significantly influential with tomorrow’s poll. Weather algorithms show that there will be a high rate of unfavorable conditions to make this over 40000 registered voters present at the polls.
Meanwhile, the NPP is looking to break the 8 years chain naturally meant for every government that rules the country while NDC is looking to bounce back to power with previous elections experiences.
However, the Assin North is going to be an election both political parties are going to intelligently learn from as a preparation for the 2024 General Elections.