Madam Lydia Seyram Alhassan has replaced her husband as the Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency after winning the by-election held on Thursday in Accra.
Madam Alhassan, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, was the second wife of the late MP Mr. Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko.
She polled 68.80 percent of the valid votes cast.
Her closest challenger, Mr. Kwasi Delali Brempong of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) polled 30.52 percent while Mr. William Kofi Dowokpor of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and Mr. Clement Boadi of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) polled 0.58 and 0.10 percent respectively.
The conduct of the polls was marred by a shooting incident at the residence of one of the aspirants,Mr Brempong; which resulted in injuries to 18 persons and an assault on an observer at one of the polling stations.
The Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service have commenced investigations into the shooting incident.
According to some eyewitnesses at the scene, members of vigilante groups affiliated to the NPP shot at NDC members who had gathered at Mr Brempong’s to go and cast their votes.
At the La Bawaleshie School Park, the Member of Parliament of Ningo Prampram, Samuel Nartey George who was observing the elections was allegedly assaulted by some unidentified persons.
The incident also resulted in the opposition party directing their agents to withdraw from the various polling stations.