EC schedules Kumawu by-election for May 23

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The Kumawu By-Election in the Ashanti Region will take place on May 23, 2023, according to the Electoral Commission (EC).

The by-election follows the death of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Philip Basoah.

Mr Basoah died on Monday, March 27 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, where he was on admission for a serious ailment.

He was 54-years-old.


The EC in a statement on Monday, April 17, 2023, signed by its Chairperson, Jean Mensa, asked interested parties who wish to contest the seat to download nomination forms from the EC’s website from April 14, 2023 to May 5, 2023.

Read full statement below;

Kumawu Constituency

This is the second time a sitting NPP MP has died in the Kumawu constituency and a by-election is going to be organised under the 4th Republican Constitution of Ghana.

The first one was Reo Addai Basoah in July 2002.

Reo Addai Basoah was an NPP MP for Kumawu from 1997 to 2001. He was re-elected in 2000 for a second term from 2001 to 2005 but died in July 2002.

Yaw Baah succeeded him for the NPP, won the by-election in 2002, and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008 until 2012 when Philip Basoah took over.

Philip Basoah was in his third term having won 2012, 2016 and 2020.

Before becoming MP, Philip Basoah was the District Chief Executive for Sekyere Kumawu District from 2005 to January 2009.

Philip Basoah was born on November 18, 1969. He hails from Kumawu in the Ashanti Region.

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