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02.05.2008 General News

Woman Beats 5 Men For Bolga NPP Seat

By A.A. Mbord, Bolgatanga -
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Mercy Alima Musah, 52, a head teacher of the Ahmadiya Junior High School on Wednesday beat five male contestants to become the NPP parliamentary candidate for the Bolgatanga Central Constituency in the December elections.

She polled 49 votes to beat the five, including Dr Ageshika Gambila, a fomer Deputy Minister of Finance who had 31 votes to place second.

Rockson Ayine Bukari, former Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive, bagged 30 votes, while Emmanuel Adugbire Atenga, former Chief Fire Officer managed to win only 15 votes.

The other two contestants, Joseph Amiyure Atura, Presiding Member of the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly had six votes while Emmanuel Abugri Abole, a lecturer of the University of Cape Coast could only boast of three votes.

Ms Alima assured the delegates that with their support, she would work tirelessly to capture the seat from the PNC in December. She also appealed to the other contestants to lend their full support.

Before the election all the contestants signed a memorandum of understanding to the effect that they would support whoever emerged the candidate as well as provide material and financial support for campaign activities.

Mrs Agnes A. Chigabatia, Deputy Upper East Regional Minister called on party faithful to realise that the party was bigger than individuals and urged them to bury any differences in the supreme interest of the party to enable it to retain power.

In a related development Moses Abare Appiah, a former District Chief Executive polled 89 votes to beat former Upper East Regional Minister, Mahami Salifu to represent the Zebilla constituency NPP. Mr Mahami got only 17 votes.

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