The National Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has confirmed that the party has withdrawn from the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election which is currently underway.
According to him, the withdrawal of the NDC from the election stems from gross intimidation of its officers and members across the various polling stations in the constituency.
He said about six of the party’s men have been shot and are currently on admission at the Legon Hospital and that the party’s parliamentary candidate is currently locked up in his house and unable to step out to monitor the voting process for fear of losing his life.
The NDC national Chairman said the party is convening a meeting and will issue an official statement in the next few hours on its position on the election.
Meanwhile this website can confirm that voter turnout as of now is very low, perhaps because of the reports of violence in some of the polling stations.
The Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election has been occasioned by the death of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for the constituency, Emanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko who passed on a few week ago in the United States of America where he was undergoing treatment at a health facility for an ailment.
His widow, Lydia Seyram Alhassan has been elected by the NPP to contest the seat on its ticket in the by-election slated for today, Thursday, January 31, 2019.
Mama Lydia as she is popularly known has been tipped by political watchers to retain the seat which has been in the grips of the NPP since the return to multi-party democracy in 1992.