Details for the Kumawu Parliamentary Election are approved by NPP.

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Following the passing of the district’s current Member of Parliament, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) leadership has authorized the specifics for a Parliamentary primary to be held in the Kumawu constituency in the Ashanti Region.

For those who are intrigued, nominations will be open next week on April 11 and close on April 14.

On April 24, the party will hold the primary to choose a nominee.

The by-election’s specifics have not yet been released by the Electoral Commission.

Second passing of a serving Kumawu MP

According to Ghana’s Fourth Republican Constitution, a by-election will be held because this is the second time a sitting NPP MP has passed away in the Kumawu district.

Reo Addai Basoah was the first, appearing in July 2002.

Reo Addai Basoah served as a Kumawu NPP representative from 1997 to 2001. Despite being voted in 2000 for a second term running from 2001 to 2005, he passed away in July 2002.

For the NPP, Yaw Baah replaced him, won the 2002 by-election, and held office until 2012, when Philip Basoah took over.

The third election of Philip Basoah, who had previously won in 2012, 2016 and 2020.

From January 2009 until his election as an MP, Philip Basoah served as the district chief executive for Kumawu [Sekyere East District].

Members of Parliament for Kumawu since 1992

  • 2020 – Philip Basoah (NPP)
  • 2016 – Philip Basoah (NPP)
  • 2012 – Philip Basoah (NPP)
  • 2008 –  Yaw Baah (NPP)
  • 2004 – Yaw Baah (NPP)
  • 2002 (by-election) – Yaw Baah (NPP)
  • 2000 – Reo Addai Basoah (NPP)
  • 1996 – Reo Addai Basoah (NPP)
  • 1992 – Jargisu Ibrahim (NDC)

Born on November 18, 1969, Philip Basoah. He is from the Ashanti Region, specifically Kumawu.

After Mr. Basoah passed away, Speaker of the House Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin declared the position vacant and gave the Clerk of Parliament the authority to request a by-election in the district in writing to the Electoral Commission.

He instructed the Clerk-to-Parliament to write to the EC and stated in a letter dated March 31, 2023, “I request you to take appropriate consequential action as required by law.”

Section 3 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana (Amendment) Act 1996, Act 527, was followed by the Speaker’s move.


The NPP leadership decided to open the nomination period on April 11, 2023, and close it on April 14, 2023 in answer to the Speaker’s request at meetings of the NEC and National Council held on Monday, April 3, 2023.

The Kumawu election will be held by the party on Sunday, April 23, 2023.

In a statement dated April 6, 2023, the party’s general secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong, stated, “The party has also approved detailed rules and regulations to govern the conduct of the parliamentary primary, which would be made accessible to stakeholders. But nomination forms will be available for purchase at the constituency party headquarters.

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