October 22, 2021
General Politics


Many Ghanaians have expressed worry over the hasty decision by wife of the late Ekow Quansah Hayford to resign from the Police Service as the Assistant Superintendent of Police to succeed her husband by contesting for the Mfantseman parliamentary seat.

Senior political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Ransford Gyampo  has questioned the readiness of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to cater for the wife of the late Ekow Quansah Hayford should she lose the Mfantseman Parliamentary seat in the December polls..

According to Ransford Gyampo , inasmuch as Ophelia may garner sympathy votes from the constituents, victory cannot be guaranteed as the Mfantseman constituency from history has been the stronghold of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“The widow is being made to sacrifice her job as Police Officer, for a non-Ketu-South-like seat, that she can easily win in 2020 because of sympathy, but cannot be guaranteed victory beyond the victory. Will the party take care of her and the children when she loses her seat and no longer has a job with the Police Service?” he quizzed.

“It must be noted that the Mfantseman seat, though a swinging one, has since 1992, favoured the NDC 80 percent more, than the NPP. Indeed, from 1992 to date, the NPP has only done “two one terms” in the constituency, ie, Asamoah Boateng’s one term of 2004-2008 and Hayford’s one term of 2016-2020. The rest of the years were enjoyed by the NDC and in my own prediction, based on the voting trends in the constituency, 2020 was going to be an election for the NDC, at least, for the Parliamentary race.”

Describing the replacement of a deceased person by a close relative in parliament as a dangerous one, Mr Gyampo said the act could also undermine the country’s democracy.

“Finally, we must be in the know that, the practice of asking widows to replace their dead husbands in parliament, may be dangerous and soon undermine quality representation, particularly, if the only driving force to push a certain segment of the citizenry to parliament, is the loss of their spouse,”he added.

The Member of Parliament for Mfantseman, Ekow Hayford Quansah was murdered by unknown assailants last week while returning from a campaign trip.

Following his death, the NPP has settled on his wife, Ophelia Quansah Hayford as a replacement of her husband in the upcoming elections after stakeholder engagement.

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