The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Government has started the construction of major roads in the Kumawu Constituency in the Ashanti Region ahead of the by-election in the area.
According to sources, the reconstruction of the roads was triggered by some youth in the Kumawu township when the Parliamentary seat was declared vacant by Speaker of Parliament Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin following the demise of their MP Hon Philip Basoah.
This comes after the Minister of Roads and Highways Hon Kwasi Amoako-Atta visited the constituency to access the situation on group
Mr Amoako-Atta visited the constituency Tuesday while construction of the road began just two days later in what many say is a strategic move by the governing party to retain the seat.
The Electoral Commission (EC) is yet to officially set a date for the by-election in order to find a replacement for the late MP, Philip Basoah who on numerous occasions in Parliament begged the government to construct their deplorable roads but to no avail.
A mixed reaction from some residents we interacted with, most of them argued that the government is embarking on the project in order to win the seat while others think it has no merit in the by-election ahead in the constituency.
So far, 8 people in the NPP have picked their nomination forms and are expected to be vetted after the party set on April 11, 2023, to open nominations for the persons interested in contesting for the Kumawu seat.
Nomination forms according to the party will be made available at the party’s constituency office.
The statement from the Party’s General Secretary, Justin Kodua said nominations will be closed on April 14 for elections to take place on April 23, 2023.
It would be recalled that Mr Basoah passed on in the early hours of Tuesday, March 28. He died at the age of 53 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.