Nine females to contest NDC primaries in E/R

Nine females have filed their nominations to contest the National Democratic Congress (NDC) primaries in the Eastern Region.

In all, 81 candidates filed their nominations to contest the primaries slated for November 7, but the Vetting Committee chaired by

Mr Dan Abodakpi disqualified three of them.

The females contestants include, Ms Mavis Ama Frimpong, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, who filled her nomination for Abirem Constituency, Ms Betty Crosby Mensah, Afram Plains North, Ms Georgina Opoku , Abetifi, Ms Abigail Elorm Mensah , Fantaekwa- South , Ms Sheila Nana Ampem, Lower West Akyem and Benedicta Oyoo Asante, Nsawam-Adoagyiri constituency.

The rest are Ms Margaret Ansah, Akropong, Ms Benedicta Oyoo Asante and Ms Esther Dziwonu, Akuapem South constituency.
Ms Mavis Frimpong, the Deputy Minister and former District Chief Executive of Birim North, is going unopposed at the Abirem Constituency and is therefore settled for her to contest with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate , come December 2016.

If all the nine go through at the primaries, it may increase the female participation in the 2016 general elections, and invariably increase the female parliamentarians from the region, since majority of the female contestants are highly tipped to win.

Ms Madam Margaret Ansah, who is contesting Ms Michael Ofori Ofei for the Akropong Constituency, just like Ms Mavis Frimpong, is making the second attempt after contesting the 2012 Presidential and parliamentary elections on the ticket of the NDC but lost.

The Eastern Region currently has only three female parliamentarians out of the 33 constituencies from the NPP side, and they are Madam Esther Dapaah, Abirem, Ms Abena Asare, Atiwa and Ms Gifty Klenam, Lower West Akyem constituency. GNA

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