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Ablakwa wins North Tongu NDC primaries

By Frank Yeboah

The Deputy Minister for Education in charge of tertiary, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has won the nod for the second time at the parliamentary primary to contest the for the seat in North Tongu constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Mr. Ablakwa retained his seat with a huge margin of 9855 votes representing 84per cent of total valid votes cast while the two other candidates, a former MP, Mr Charles Hodogbey and Mr Bennet Korblah Appleh polled 849 and 778 votes representing 7.28 and 6.67 percent respectively.

The election which was smoothly conducted had started on a low pace but gradually picked up in the latter part of the day at the 109 polling stations. 

A few of the electorates explained that the low turn-out as a result of wrong timing of the election as some churches had organised conventions which took some members out of the constituency.

Other voters stated that controversies surrounding the election had reduced the hype that characterised the primaries.

This was because the main contender, Mr. Christopher Kofi Eleblu who could have made the election more competitive as he was considered as the favourite of the people of Juapong and some surrounding villages was disqualified during the vetting.

The North Tongu Parliamentary Primaries was postponed following a court injunction placed on it by an Accra High Court at the instance of Mr Eleblu.

Mr. Eleblu had filed a suit challenging his disqualification by the party’s National Petition Review Committee. However the High Court on Tuesday dismissed the case giving way for the primaries to be held on Sunday, December 20.