Cape Coast North Constituency: The Two Main Parliamentary Aspirants

Barbara Asher Ayisi (NPP) and Dr Kwamena Minta Nyarku (NDC)

Cape Coast North is one of the constituencies represented in the Parliament of Ghana. It is located in the Cape Coast Metropolitan District of the Central Region of Ghana.

The University of Cape Coast, one of Ghana’s prestigious universities, is located in the Cape Coast North constituency.

The current Member of Parliament for the Cape Coast North constituency is Barbara Asher Ayisi, a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The seat was previously occupied by Ebo Barton-Oduro of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for 8 years. He first entered the Parliament of Ghana in 2008. He contested again in 2012 and won. Ebo Barton-Oduro was also a former First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana.

Barbara Asher Ayisi

Honorable Barbara Asher Ayisi

Barbara Asher Ayisi became the Member of Parliament for the Cape Coast North constituency after winning the 2016 general elections.

She defeated other contestants including Kwabena Owusu Acheampong (NDC), Sarah Mary Bucknor (PPP) and Peter Caesar Kwegyir Aggrey (CPP) in the 2016 general elections by obtaining 19,475 representing 49.44% of the total votes cast.

Barbara Asher Ayisi will be contesting for the Cape Coast North parliamentary seat again in the upcoming December 2020 general elections.

She got the nod to represent the NPP again after winning the parliamentary primaries for the constituency. She won the primaries with 199 votes, defeating Lawrence Ampah (150 votes), Joseph Thomas Baidoo (63 votes) and Samuel Philip Longdon (26 votes) in the process.

Barbara Asher Ayisi holds a Teachers Certificate ‘A’ from the Ola Training College and a Degree from the University of Education, Winneba. She also holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Cape Coast.

Before her election to the Parliament of Ghana, she was a teacher and a House Mistress at Wesley Girls High School from 2010 to 2016. She also worked with the Ghana Education Service (GES) as a Form Mistress from 2003 to 2006.

In 2017, she was appointed Deputy Minister for Education by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. She was later in 2019, moved to the Ministry of Works and Housing as a Deputy Minister.

In Parliament, Barbara Asher Ayisi is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Appointments Committee.

She has a foundation called the Barbra Asher Foundation which focuses on reducing the unemployment among youth in her constituency. The Barbra Asher Foundation in collaboration with the Cape Coast Technical University’s Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation has trained over 200 youth in the Cape Coast constituency in entrepreneurial skills.

Dr Kwamena Minta Nyarku

Dr Kwamena Minta Nyarku

Dr Kwamena Minta Nyarku is the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for the Cape Coast North constituency.

He went unopposed in the parliamentary primaries of the NDC in the constituency after his two contenders – Emmanuel Valis Akyianu and Prince Binney – failed to file their nomination forms at the close of filing.

Dr Kwamena Minta Nyarku is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC).

He’s an alumnus of Adisadel College, Komenda Training College, the University of Cape Coast, the University of Ghana Business School, the University of Leicester and the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the United Kingdom.

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