Voters in the Kumawu constituency in the Ashanti Region will cast their ballot in a by-election today, May 23, 2023, to elect a new Member of Parliament to replace their former MP, Philip Basoah, who died in March.

The election promises to be keenly contested between the two largest political parties, t6he governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Over the weekend leading members of both the NPP and NDC parties including President Akufo-Addo and former President John Mahama addressed teeming supporters of their respective parties at a rally held in Kumawu where they urged voters to vote massively for their respective Parliamentary candidates.

After the death of the late MP who was laid to rest last Saturday, the Electoral Commission (EC) issued a notice of poll to conduct a by-election to elect an MP for the constituency.

The parliamentary candidates are: NPP’s Ernest Yaw Anim, NDC’s Akwasi Amankwaa popularly known as ‘Tom Cee’, and two other independent candidates having the same name, Kwaku Duah.

The NPP is poised to retain the seat while the NDC is confident of wrestling the seat. But some political watchers believe the Independent candidate, Kwaku Duah who contested the the late MP in the 2020 Parliamentary election and lost by some 3,000 votes could spring a surprise and win the seat.