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Former Deputy Finance Minister Kwaku Agyemang Kwarteng has retained his ticket to contest the December parliamentary election as parliamentary candidate-elect for the Obuasi West Constituency.

The January 27 primaries in Obuasi West were put on hold following a court injunction.

Some aggrieved party members sought legal restriction on suspicion that the constituency’s album was not credible for the January primaries.

The plaintiffs withdrew the case days after filing a court injunction, paving the way for the primaries to be held on Saturday, February 10.

After the polls were closed, the incumbent Kwaku Agyemang Kwarteng secured 440 votes.

Faustina Oppong Sarfo had eight votes, with Lawrence Nana Obeng Bondah securing 245 votes.

Currently, the Asante Mampong Constituency is the only constituency left in the Ashanti Region to hold its primaries.

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The incumbent and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong and the former Ashanti Regional Communication Director of the NPP, Dennis Kwakwa, await a court decision on the credibility of the Constituency’s album.

Obuasi West Results

Hon Kwaku Agyemang Kwarteng = 440

Hon Faustina Oppong Sarfo = 8

Hon Lawrence Nana Obeng Bondah = 245

Exit of seasoned MPs from parliament

Meanwhile, many sitting Members of Parliament (28 in total) lost their candidatures in the recent NPP primaries held on January 27.

Also in the lead-up to the party’s primaries, 19 sitting MPs made the decision not to run for reelection.

The situation has become a matter of great concern for the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin.

The Speaker bemoaned the exit of some experienced sitting members of parliament from both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucuses of the house.

To safeguard certain incumbent Members of Parliament, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, on his part, urged political parties to examine their internal election procedures.

According to him, the methods and processes used by political parties to choose their nominees have an impact on how effectively and efficiently Parliament runs its operations.

By Evans Nkum