Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has taken a giant step in becoming the presidential candidate of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) after securing a landslide victory in the just ended special electoral college elections on Saturday.
Certified results declared by the Electoral Commission show that Bawumia polled 629 votes representing 68.15% across the 17 centres to top the pack. MP for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong came second by polling 132 votes (14.30%) followed by former trade minister Alan Kyerematen, who had a total of 95 votes (10.29%).
Former agriculture minister Owusu Afriyie Akoto picked the fourth spot having garnered 36 votes (3.90%) followed by Francis Addai-Nimoh and Boakye Agyarko who both had 9 votes (0.98%) to contend for the fifth position in a run-off.
At least 955 delegates voted at 17 polling centres across the country to whittle down the number of candidates to five. There will be a final primary ballot on 4 November among the top five NPP contenders to select a flagbearer for the 2024 elections.
If he wins the NPP candidacy, Bawumia – a former deputy governor of the central bank – could become the first Muslim to lead the ethnic Akan-dominated party. The NPP, whose stronghold is in the Ashanti Region, has been led by non-Muslims and Akan-speaking candidates since its formation.
After the first round of vote, the top five are:
Below is the certified national results:
The regional results breakdown is as follows:
Credit: Asaase Radio