Ophelia Hayford, MP for Mfantseman
Ophelia Mensah Hayford, Ophelia Hayford, MP for Mfantseman is a Ghanaian Politician.She contested in the 2020 Ghanaian General Election and won the parliamentary seat for the Mfantsiman Constituency.
Hayford was born on 29 October 1973 and hails from Akwapim-Akropong in the Eastern Region of Ghana. She had her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Linguistics in 2012. She further had her LLB. in Criminal Law; International Human Rights Law and Administrative Law in 2018.
Ophelia was an Assistant superintendent of Police(ASP). She was the chief Inspector with the Ghana Police Service. Ophelia Hayford also worked with Interpol Unit at the CID Headquarters.
Ophelia joined the Ghana Police in 1993 as a recruit. And since then, she has served in the service for 27 years. Hayford is a member of the New Patriotic Party. Her late husband, Ekow Hayford was the Member of parliament for Mfantsiman Constituency. After the death of her husband while serving in office, she decided to replace him as the Member of parliament for the Mfantsiman Constituency.
As Assistant Superintendent in the Ghana Police Service, she tendered her resignation as required by the 1992 Constitution to enable her contest the elections. In December 2020, she was elected member of Parliament for Mfantsiman Constituency after she competed in the 2020 Ghanaian General Election under the ticket of the New Patriotic Party and won. She polled 36,091 votes which represents 51.83 per cent of the total votes cast.
The MP for Mfantsiman was elected over James Essuon of the National Democratic Congress and Alijatu Ibrahim of the Ghana Union Movement. These obtained 32,379 and 911 votes respectively out of the total valid votes cast. These were equivalent to 46.76 per cent and 1.31 per cent respectively of total valid votes cast.