Some traders at the Santana market have picked form for late Kyeremanten Agyarko’s wife to contest the upcoming by-election in the name of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The traders and some polling station executives of the ruling party say Lydia Alhassan, a “supposed second wife” of the late Member of Parliament is the reason the party won the 2016 poll in the constituency.
The spokesperson for the traders, Kojo Annor Fosu, said the choice of Lydia Agyarko is the only surest bet for the party to retain the seat hence their reason for the payment of the form.
The traders say the party should understand and allow Lydia Alhassan to contest for the seat.
The traders say they will do all the campaign for her to become victorious.
The leadership of the ruling party has disclosed that aspirants willing to contest the vacant Ayawaso West Wuogon seat would have to pay GHS 10,000 as filing fees.
Prospective applicants shall file their nominations on Sunday, December 23, 2018, whereas vetting of candidates shall be held on Monday, December 24, 2018, at the party headquarters.
The party also announced that a 5-member elections committee has been constituted to be chaired by Hon. Peter Mac Manu.
The communication released by the party also said each prospective applicant shall be required to pick application forms at a cost of GHc 1,000 and pay a non-refundable Filing Fees of GHc10,000.
However, female aspiring candidates as well as the youth and persons with special need have been given a special dispensation of 50% discount in respect of the filing fees.
The bye-election in the Ayawaso West Wuogon has been occasioned by the sudden demise of the MP for the constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko.