Swing Seats

Prestea /Huni Valley – Western Region

This is a swing seat; it has voted three times for the NDC and twice for the NPP. In 1992, the constituency voted for Kwaku Acheampong Bonful of the NDC into the First Parliament and renewed his tenure with 32.90% of votes cast in 1996 to get him into the Second Parliament. In 2000, Albert Kwaku Obbin won the seat for the NPP when he polled 48.40% of the votes cast. He also got reelected in 2004 with 43.70% of valid votes cast to represent the constituency in the Fourth Parliament. The NDC won back the seat in 2008 with Francis Adu-Blay who got 41.44% of votes cast to be the incumbent in the Fifth Parliament. Hon. Francis Adu-Blay has received popular acclamation to contest on the ticket of the NDC for a second term against Anastasia Wiredu Mensah and Eric Mensah of the NPP and PPP.

Saboba – Northern Region

Saboba constituency was for the first three elections a safe seat for the NDC until 2004 when the NPP’s Charles Binipom Bintin won the December polls with 53.60% of total votes cast. In 1992 the NDC won the seat with Moses Mabengba Bukari as the Member of Parliament and he retained the seat for the party in 1996 with 65.80% of valid votes cast. In the 2000 elections Nayon Bilijo also of the NDC garnered 51.90% in the polls to get to the Third Parliament. In 2004 the NPP won the seat and after just one term it was voted out of parliament and succeeded by Joseph Bukari Nikpe who got 49.58% of total votes cast to win back the seat for the NDC. Hon. Bukari Nikpe will contest for a second term on the ticket of the NDC against Charles Bintim of the NPP and John Gabulja Kinyorban of the PPP.

Salaga – Northern Region

Salaga constituency in the East Gonja District voted for Hamidu Baba Braimah of the NDC in 1992 and retained him for the Second Parliament by reelecting him in 1996. In the 2000 elections, Boniface Abubakar Saddique contested as an Independent Candidate and got 40.10% of total votes cast. In 2004 he contested on the ticket of the NPP and won with 38.90% of the total votes. In 2008 the NDC’s candidate Ibrahim Bey Abubakari polled 53.30% in the election to serve the constituency in the Fifth Parliament. Hon. Ibrahim Bey Abubakari will contest to retain the seat for the NDC while Boniface Abubakar Siddique also launches a comeback for the NPP. The CPP, PPP and DFP will respectively contest with Abu Iddrisu, Abdul Jamal Kawsar and John Shirazu Mahama.

Shama – Western Region

The NDC won the first two elections in this constituency with Richard Dornu Nartey as its candidate. After winning the 1992 elections to serve in the First Parliament he contested and won the 1996 elections with 39.80% of total votes cast to return into the Second Parliament.  In 2000 the people of Shama bought into the NPP’s message of change and elected Angelina Baiden-Amissah with 37.10% of valid votes cast into the Third Parliament. She was also given a second term with 49.90% of valid votes cast in the 2004 elections. In 2008 Gabriel Kodwo Essilfie managed to beat Angelina Baiden Amissah of the NPP with just 806 votes to won the seat for the NDC after Emelia Arthur of the National Reform Party decided not to contest. Hon. Gabriel Kodwo Essilfie was retained as the parliamentary candidate of the NDC in the 2012 elections following Emelia Arthur now Deputy Western Regional Minister’s disqualification to contest in the NDC’s primaries. He will compete against the NPP’s Joseph C. Garbrah and Joseph Essuman of the PPP.

Tain – Brong Ahafo Region

The Tain constituency was created in 2004 and has been a swing seat between the NPP in the 2004 elections and the NDC in the 2008 elections. Joe Danquah got 50.50% of votes cast in the 2004 elections to represent the constituency in the Fourth Parliament. After one term he was voted out and succeeded by Ahmed Ibrahim of the NDC who polled 48.11% in the 2008 elections. Tain further went on to decide the 2008 presidential elections following rigging allegations of the two participating parties, the NDC and NPP, on 30 December 2008 the EC declared that elections be held in Tain which could not vote in the run-off due to late arrival of election materials to decide the winner of elections. The NPP boycotted the Tain elections giving the NDC a freeway to win the 2008 presidential elections. A constituency has been demarcated out of Tain called Banda Ahenkro and Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim will contest in Banda Ahenkro on the ticket of the NDC while Nana Yaw Gyan-Tutu represent the NDC in Tain. The NPP will also contest Banda Ahenkro with Joe Danquah while Joseph Ofori Amanfo contests in Tain constituency. There is also Eric Kwame Twum of the PPP who will contest the Tain seat

Techiman North – Brong Ahafo Region

Techiman North was a strong hold of the NDC until 2008 when the party lost the seat to the NPP. Isaac Kwadwo Adjei Mensah won two elections in this constituency; in 1996 he got 40.20% of total cast to win the seat for the NDC and in 2000 he got 49.80% to secure a second win for his party. In 2005 he was succeeded by Alex Kyeremeh also of the NDC who got 52.10% of total cast in the 2004 parliamentary polls to serve in the Fourth Parliament. After a term in parliament he lost his seat to Prof. Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi, a former Minister of Education in the previous NPP government under President Kuffour in 2008 to be the incumbent parliamentarian of the constituency. Hon. Prof. Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi will contest for a second term on the ticket of the NPP against Alex Kofi Kyeremeh, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Techiman North vying for the NDC and Agartha Ampomah of the CPP. There is also Kofi Kwakye, a 47-year-old teacher contesting for the PPP and Agyemang Badu Opambuor a 30 year-old self-employed for the NDP.

Techiman South – Brong Ahafo Region

Although a swing constituency it is dominantly won by the NDC. In 1992 George Kwabena Owusu of the NDC won the first elections in the Fourth Republic to represent the constituency in the First Parliament. The NDC again won the 1996 elections with Kwadwo Adams who got 46.30% to retain the seat for the party. In 2000 the NPP won the first parliamentary elections in the constituency with Prince Oduro-Mensah who got 44.30% of total votes cast to serve in the Third Parliament. In 2004 the NDC won back the seat and has retained it in this Fifth Parliament with Simons Addai. Hon. Addai has been changed as the NDC’s candidate and replaced with Agyei Mensah, a 42-year old teacher and he will compete for the seat against Prince Yaw Donyina, a 45-year-old self-employed man contesting for the NPP. The CPP and PPP are vying for the seat with very young candidates; Okyeame Frempa Tiatuoo, a 25 year old engineer for the CPP and Joseph Dubik, a 26-year-old teacher for the PPP. The NDP will also contest with Anthony Adjei, a 66-year-old teacher.

Tema East – Greater Accra Region

Tema East is another safe seat of the NPP since 1996. Ishmael Ashietey took over from Erasmus Aruna Quao of the NCP in 1997 to begin the NPP’s reign in the constituency. Hon. Ishmael Ashietey also won the 2000 and 2004 elections to represent the constituency in the Third and Fourth Parliaments. The NPP contested the 2008 elections with Samuel Evans Ashong Narh who also won with 49.40% of total votes cast to be in the Fifth Parliament. The Tema East constituency elections will be contested by Titus Nii Kwartei Glover representing the NPP, Kempes Ofosu Ware, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Tema, for the NDC, Richster Nii Armah for the CPP and the PPP’s Okyere Kwabena Amuquandoh.

Tema West – Greater Accra Region

Tema West will be very interesting this year. The constituency has been a strong hold of the NPP since the 1996 elections when Abraham Osei-Aidooh took over from Gladys Boateng of the NDC. Hon. Osei-Aidooh went on to win the 2000 and 2004 elections with 61.20% and 53.50% of total votes cast to represent the constituency in the Third and Fourth Parliaments respectively. In 2008 Irene Naa Torshie Addo, a lawyer contested as a candidate of the NPP and won with 55.12% of valid votes cast to represent the constituency in the Fifth Parliament. The competition in Tema West this year is very stiff with a two-time Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa and Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo bent on winning the seat for the NDC and the incumbent Irene Naa Torshie Addo of the NPP is not giving an easy fight. Another formidable candidate Susan Adu Amankwah, a pharmacist is vigorously campaigning to win the sit for the CPP and Nicklan Bekoe-Derby vying for the PPP.

Trobu/Amasaman – Greater Accra Region

Trobu/Amasaman was created in 2004 and had Samuel Nee-Aryeetey Attoh of the NPP win parliamentary elections that year with 45.50% to represent the constituency in the Fourth Parliament. In 2008, Ernest Attuquaye Armah won the seat for the NDC with 48.95% of votes cast to be the incumbent MP in the current Fifth Parliament. The NDC has a new candidate for this year’s elections following Hon. Attuquaye Armah failure to contest. Emmanuel Nii Okai Laryea will compete against Moses Anim of the NPP. The PPP and CPP will also contest with Isaac Oteng and Anane Oteng, respectively.

Wa East – Upper West Region

The first three parliamentary elections for this constituency were won by Issaku Saliah. In 1996 he retained his seat with a 56.70% win in valid votes cast. In 2000 he won his third term with 55.40% of votes cast to serve a third term in parliament. Hon. Issaku Saliah lost to Bayon Godfrey Tangu of the NPP who got 51.40% of total votes cast in the 2004 parliamentary. He won a second term in parliament with 48.04% of total votes cast in the 2008 parliamentary polls. He will contest for a third term on the ticket of the NPP against Amin Salifu of the NDC and Mariama Bakuli of the PPP.

Walewale (West Mamprusi) – Northern Region

Walewale, formerly West Mamprusi is a swing seat between the NDC and PNC but the NDC had had four out of five wins in the constituency. In 1992 Ben Baluri Saibu of the NDC won the parliamentary polls to be the first MP for the constituency. He was succeeded by Susana Adam also of the NDC who won the 1996 elections by 46.40% of total votes cast. The PNC won the seat in the 2000 elections with Issifu Asumah who got 55.40% of total votes to serve the constituency in the Third Parliament. In 2004 Alidu Iddrisu Zakari won the seat for the NDC once again with 35.30% of votes in the parliamentary polls. He retained the seat for the NDC in the Fifth Parliament when he garnered 40.57% of votes cast in the 2008 polls. The parliamentary candidate of the NDC for this year’s elections is King James Azortiba and he will be contesting against Abubakar Abdullah, Northern Ghana Director of ActionAid on the ticket of the PNC. The NPP and PPP are also vying for the seat respectively with Sagre Bambangi and Simon Bangmarigu.

Yendi – Northern Region

The NDC won the 1992 parliamentary polls in Yendi which made Yusuf Iddrisu the MP for the constituency in the First Parliament. From 1997 to 2009 Malik Al-Hassan Yakubu of the NPP was the MP for the constituency in the Second, Third and Fourth Parliaments. He won the 1996 and 2000 elections with 47% of total votes cast. In 2004 he retained his seat for a third term with a 47.60% win in votes cast. In 2008 the NPP lost the seat Sulemana Ibn Iddrisu, Jnr of the NDC who made 49.08% of the votes in the elections to get to the Fifth Parliament. Hon. Sulemana Ibn Iddrisu is contesting for a second term against Alhaji Mohammed Habib Tijani of the NPP.

Zabzugu Tatale – Northern Region

Zabzugu Tatale was a safe seat of the NDC until the party lost the seat in the 2008 elections. Jagri John Kokpah of the NDC won 1992 and 1996 parliamentary elections to serve in the First and Second Parliaments. In 2000 Mohammed Jagri also of the NDC won the seat for the party with 35.80% of valid votes cast. He again retained the seat in the Fourth Parliament with a 50.90% win in the 2004 parliamentary polls. In 2008 Jabaah John Bennam of the NPP polled 56.38% of valid votes cast to represent the constituency in the Fifth Parliament. Zabzugu Tatale has been demarcated into separate constituencies; Zabzugu and Tatale/Sanguli. Candidates for Zabzugu constituency are John Bennam Jabaah, the incumbent MP on the ticket of the NPP contesting against Alhassan Umar, the CEO of Information Technology Enable Services (ITES) who is representing the NDC and Adam Azima of the PPP. Tatale Sangule constituency will also be contested by James Cecil Yawumbe of the NPP and INSERT NDC.

Zebilla (Bawku West) – Upper East Region

Residents of Zebilla, formerly Bawku West constituency had Cletus Apul Avoka of the NDC as their MP in the First, Second and Third Parliaments from 1993 to 2005. After two terms he lost the seat to the John Akparibo Ndebugre of the PNC who polled 35.40% of total votes cast to represent the constituency in the Fourth Parliament. After one term Hon. Ndebugre lost his seat to Cletus Apul Avoka in the 2008 elections where the latter polled 40.58% of total votes cast. Hon. Cletus Apul Avoka is currently the Majority leader and he will be vying for another term against Frank Fuseini Adongo a former member of the PNC who joined the NPP and is now their parliamentary candidate