The Minister of Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, has retained the Ellembelle Parliamentary Seat for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in a fiercely contested poll.
Mr Buah polled 22,917 votes to beat his closest contender, Kwasi Bonzoh of the New Patriotic Party, who garnered 20,457 votes.
Kenneth Attobrah of the Progressive People’s Party polled 507 votes while Ebenezer Someah-Addae of the Convention People’ Party had 125 votes, Joseph Justice Kwaw of the National Democratic Party had 48 votes and Mathias Bonzo Ewereko Boateng, an Independent Candidate, polled 22 votes.
The incumbent NDC MP was expected to win convincingly in this year’s parliamentary elections due to some social interventions he had instituted in the area.
These interventions include support to the aged, sponsoring the youth to acquire employable skills coupled with government infrastructural developments like the rural electrification project, Atuabo Gas Processing facility and road construction.
In the 2012 General Election, Mr Armah Kofi Buah polled 26,344 votes while Kwasi Bonzoh of the NPP garnered 18,067 votes, indicating that the MP’s votes had reduced by 8,277 votes while that of his rival, Mr Bonzoh, had appreciated by 2,390 votes.
This calls for concern from the MP’s camp and it definitely requires hard work if he is to retain the seat during the next election.
Mr Buah first won the Ellembelle Seat in 2008 from Mr Freddy Blay, the then CPP Member of Parliament and a former Second Deputy Speaker.