MP-elect for Akwatia and Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mohammed Ahmed Baba Jamal.
Member of Parliament-elect for the Akwatia constituency in the Eastern Region on the ticket of the NDC, Mohammed Ahmed Baba Jamal has said that the introduction of biometric voters’ register in the 2012 elections, has vindicated his claims that previous elections in the area were rigged in favour of the NPP.
Baba Jamal failed in his previous attempts to represent the people of Akwatia in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections. He lost to the NPP’s candidate on all three occasions.
The former NDC Deputy General Secretary first attempt was in 2000, when he lost to then incumbent MP, Kiston Akomeng Kissi. His second attempt yielded similar results, when he lost to Dr. Kofi Asare who stood on the NPP’s ticket after he defeated the incumbent MP (Kissi) in the primaries.
The 2008 elections produced the most dramatic outcomes in the history of Akwatia, as the people were not represented in Parliament for almost eight months, as a result of tortuous legal tussles over the period.
Dr. Asare was finally declared the winner of the constituency by the Electoral Commission (EC) on August 17 after an acrimonious and violent campaign, leading to the conduction of elections at only six out of the 80 polling stations, which had earlier been cancelled because of electoral malpractices.
Mr. Jamal who is also Deputy Tourism Minister, beat the incumbent MP, Dr. Kofi Asare in the just ended December 7 general elections, to realise his long held dream.
Speaking to Myjoyonline.com he said the BVR system helped in preventing multiple voting in at least two towns; Wenchi and Apinaman, which consistently voted for the NPP.
He believed persistent hard work and dedication, made him earn the trust from the people to give him the nod to represent them in Parliament.
He pledged to deliver to meet expectations as MP, and facilitate the development of Akwatia.