A little over 88,000 voters in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency will converge at over 130 polling stations to decide who succeeds the late Member of Parliament for the area, Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko.
Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, who has been their representative since 2012, passed on in November last year, necessitating the by-election.
He was buried last Saturday.
Representing his party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), for Thursday’s elections is one of his widows, Lydia Seyram Alhassan.
She has to safeguard a seat that has consistently been won by the NPP.
But she will have to contest a strong opposition in Delali Kwasi Brempong, who has been a consistent challenger to the seat.
Another consistent challenger, William Kofi Dowokpor, will seek to break the duopoly in the constituency, having been unsuccessful despite moving from the Convention People’s Party (CPP) to the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).
Greater Accra Regional Director of the Electoral Commission Kwame Amoah on Adom FM’s Morning Show “Dwaso Nsem” Thursday, says all is set for today’s exercise.
Meanwhile, police have beefed up security ahead of today’s by-election.
The Accra Regional Police Command said Wednesday there will be a high-security presence at all polling stations, collation centres and all other relevant locations associated with the electoral process.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Effia Tenge, who is Head of the Public Affairs Unit in Accra, said in a statement that the police has a firm strategy to ensure the safety and security of electorates, media personnel and all accredited persons involved in the by-election.
It would be recalled that opposition NDC had threatened to boycott the polls claiming that the voter’s register is bloated.
But the Electoral Commission has rejected the allegation whilst urging Ghanaians to condemn the NDC.