The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has decided on Ophelia Hayford as the parliamentary candidate for the Mfantseman Constituency to replace her murdered husband, Ekow Quansah Hayford.
According to the sources, on Monday, the party sent a letter to the Electoral Commission in order to invoke portions of CI 127 in order to allow a 10-day extension of the date of nomination during which it would be expected to file an application for the seat of Mfantseman.
The provision states, “Where one of the candidates dies at the close of the nomination but before the election, a further 10-day period shall be provided for nominations.”
On his return from a campaign trip, Mr Quansah Hayford was shot by people believed to be highway robbers on the Abeadze Dominase-Abeadze Duadzi-Mankessim Road in the early hours of October 9.
The widow has earned significant support from the residents of Mfantseman to succeed her husband, according to Adom News ‘Kofi Adjei.
The reporter said the people chanted “No Wife, No Vote” during President Akufo-Addo ‘s visit on Monday as a show of unity and support for her.
Mrs. Ophelia Hayford is currently an Assistant Police Superintendent and must step down from the Ghana Police Service in order to take on her new job.
The residents agree that she has the ability to take up the work that her husband began.
They also warned General Secretary John Boadu and the NPP via their chants not to withdraw any delegate from Mr. Ophelia, otherwise in the Mfantseman Constituency there will be no voting exercise.
President Akufo-Addo, meanwhile, has tasked the Inspector General of Police (IGP) with ensuring that the late Mfantseman MP’s killers are apprehended.
“The killing of Ekow Quansah Hayford, he said,” is a huge blow to me, and that’s why I made it clear to the IGP that if nothing is done about this particular matter, what’s going to happen is going to happen.
During his visit to the bereaved families, the President said this, adding that the tragic incident was a test case for the IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh.
The government will assume the responsibility of caring for the widow and her children, Nana Akufo-Addo declared.
He added that the family would also be encouraged to give a decent burial to the late MP.
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