Adwoa Safo takes a swipe at her rival -questions her residential status
By Stephen Odoi-Larbi
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary aspirant for Dome/Kwabenya constituency has taken a swipe at her rival from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sophia Ackuaku, accusing her of falsifying her residential status to qualify her to compete for the legislative seat of the area.
According to Sarah Adwoa Safo, her checks in the constituency has revealed that her rival’s residential status in the constituency was not even to up a year, let alone the five years and or above as required by the constitution.
Madam Ackuaku’s conduct, Adwoa Safo noted, was an affront to Article 94 (1) (b) of the Constitution and therefore should be barred from contesting the parliamentary seat of the area.
Article 94 (1) (b) states that “Subject to the provisions of this article, a person shall not be qualified to be a member of Parliament unless he is resident in the Constituency for which he stands as a candidate for election to Parliament or has resided there for a total period of not less than five years out of the ten years immediately preceding the election for which he stands, or he hails from the Constituency.”
The procurement lawyer made this observation when addressing traders at the Dome market last Thursday on the “Have Your Say” platform being spearheaded by Oman FM.
The program was meant to give voice to the ordinary Ghanaian to share his or her views on issues affecting his or her life.
However, the NDC parliamentary candidate when contacted on her mobile handset urged Adwoa Safo to go to court and seek redress over her residential status.
“I am not an independent candidate. I am standing on the ticket of a political party and have gone through the process. So, if she thinks that she can use that against me, let her go to court,” she noted.
When asked how long she had stayed in the constituency, Madam Ackuaku replied “my brother, I am not going to respond to that issue. Go ahead and publish your story.”
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