The Electoral Commission will from Tuesday, October 27, and Wednesday, October 28, 2020 receive nominations for the Yapei-Kusawgu in the Savannah Region.
The Commission had to reopen nominations for the area for an extended period, in accordance with Regulations 13, Subregulation (4) of Public Elections Regulations, 2020 (C.I 127), following the untimely demise of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for the area.
The regulation states that “Where at the close of nominations, but before the election, one of the candidate dies, a further period of 10 days shall be allowed for nominations.”
Mr. Abu Kamara died in a road crash on Friday, October 16, 2020, and the Regional Party Executives have already recommended his brother, Iddrisu Salia Kamara as his replacement.
Per C.I 127, any other person who intends to contest the seat but failed to file nominations within the first window can now do so.
In this regard, the Electoral Commission has decided to reopen nomination for the constituency to allow for the replacement of the candidate.
A statement from the EC dated October 22, 2020 noted that:, “Any person who intends to contest for the Parliamentary Election should send his or her filled Nomination Forms to the Returning Officer of the Yapei/ Kusawgu Constituency, at the Yapei/ Kusawgu District Office of the Electoral Commission on the dates stated above. The Returning Officer shall receive all Nominations between the hours of 7.00 am and 5.00 pm for the two days.”