After accepting to contest the re-run of the opposition New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary primary in the Klottey Korle Constituency, Nii Noi Nortey, who was shockingly defeated by Philip Addison in Saturday’s poll, refused to sign the Electoral Commission’s declaration form.
According to Citi News, his supporters who spoke to him say they will urge him to contest the seat as an Independent Candidate, suggesting that he had been unfairly treated.
Mr. Nii Noi Nortey walked off in anger after the result was declared and did not wait to concede defeat or to congratulate the winner.
Close contest – Votes difference is 23
At the end of voting conducted and supervised by the Electoral Commission, Mr. Addison polled 396 out of the 765 votes cast, to beat his only contender, Nii Noi Nortey, who polled 367 votes.
Out of 790 delegates expected to cast their ballot, only 765 voted. Two ballots were rejected.
In the previous election, Lawyer Addison only managed a meagre 22 votes, while Nii Noi Nortey garnered 393 votes, with the third contender, Nii Adjei Tawiah, who pulled out of today’s election to back Addison, managing 19 votes.
The outcome of today’s polls is somewhat as weird as the previous primary, where Nii Nortey polled as much as 393 votes, only for him to lose today, to the same contender who had just 22 votes in the last polls.
Mr. Addison had insisted that there wasn’t enough time for preparation in the previous election, and that most people did not vote. It appears his claim has an iota of truth in it because putting together the results of the previous poll for all three contenders, it comes to 434 votes.
This means that more people voted in today’s poll considering that 765 out of the 790 delegates voted.
It was somewhat expected that Mr. Nii Noi Nortey who won the first primary, would most likely reject the outcome of today’s polls if it did not favour him.
But speaking after his rather sweet victory but a bitter loss for his opponent, Lawyer Addison said he will unite the rank and file of the party to recapture the seat from the NDC.
The re-run controversy
Today’s elections came off peacefully but with heightened security at the party’s headquarters at Asylum Down, which is located in the constituency.
Source: Citi News
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