File photo: EC sets May 23 for Kumawu By-Election
File photo: EC sets May 23 for Kumawu By-Election

EC sets May 23 for Kumawu By-Election

The Electoral Commission (EC) has set May 23, 2023, as the date to conduct the Kumawu By-Election in the Ashanti Region.

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The by-election follows the death of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Philip Basoah

Mr Basoah died on Monday, March 27 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, where he was on admission for a serious ailment.

He was 54-years-old. 

By-Election

The EC in a statement on Monday, April 17, 2023, signed by its Chairperson, Jean Mensa, asked interested parties who wish to contest the seat to download nomination forms from the EC's website from April 14, 2023 to May 5, 2023.

The statement added that the nominations will be received at the Sekyere Kumawu District Office of the Commission from May 2, 2023 to May 5, 2023 between the hours of 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on each day.

"In accordance with Article 112 (5) of the Constitution, as amended, the Electoral Commission will hold a By-Election in the constituency on Tuesday, the 23rd of May, 2023," the statement said. 

Kumawu Constituency

This is the second time a sitting NPP MP has died in the Kumawu constituency and a by-election is going to be organised under the 4th Republican Constitution of Ghana.

The first one was Reo Addai Basoah in July 2002.

Reo Addai Basoah was an NPP MP for Kumawu from 1997 to 2001. He was re-elected in 2000 for a second term from 2001 to 2005 but died in July 2002.

Yaw Baah succeeded him for the NPP, won the by-election in 2002, and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008 until 2012 when Philip Basoah took over.

Philip Basoah was in his third term having won 2012, 2016 and 2020.

Before becoming MP, Philip Basoah was the District Chief Executive for Sekyere Kumawu District from 2005 to January 2009.

Philip Basoah was born on November 18, 1969. He hails from Kumawu in the Ashanti Region.

Attached below is a copy of the EC's statement

17th April, 2023

KUMAWU CONSTITUENCY PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION

The Electoral Commission wishes to announce for the information of the General Public that following the death of the Member of Parliament for the Kumawu Constituency; Hon. Philip Basoah, the seat of the Constituency in Parliament has become vacant. In accordance with Article 112 (5) of the Constitution, as amended, the Electoral Commission will hold a By-Election in the Constituency on Tuesday, the 23rd of May, 2023.

Accordingly, the Commission will receive Nominations from prospective Candidates for the Election of a Member of Parliament for the said Constituency. The Nominations will be received at the Sekyere Kumawu District Office of the Commission from 2nd May, 2023 to 5th May, 2023 between the hours of 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on each day.

Interested candidates are required to download the Nomination Forms from the Commission's website (www.ec.gov.gh) from 14th April, 2023 to 5th May, 2023.

A prospective Candidate may personally deliver or cause to be delivered on his/her behalf by either the Proposer or Seconder of his/her Nomination, the completed Nomination Forms to the Returning Officer at the Sekyere Kumawu District Office of the Commission, on the dates and times stated above.

The Nomination Forms for each Candidate shall be witnessed by the signature or mark of two registered voters, as Proposer and Seconder, and supported by eighteen other registered voters in the Constituency as assenting to the Nominations.

The Nomination Forms shall also be endorsed with the Candidate's consent to the Nomination.

A Candidate shall at the time of submitting his/her completed Nomination

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Forms, provide the Returning Officer with two (2) copies of a recent post card (bust sized) photograph against a red background, showing his/her full face and ears. The filing fee for the election is Ten thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC10,000.00) per candidate.

All completed Nomination Forms are expected to be delivered in quadruplicate.

We urge the public to be guided accordingly.

Thank You.

MRS. JEAN MENSA CHAIRPERSON

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