NPP Denies Reports That Ophelia Hayford Will Contest For Her Late Husband’s Mfantseman Constituency Seat

Ophelia Hayford, Widow of Ekow Quansah Hayford

Last week, we reported the gruesome murder of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency Ekow Quansah Hayford.

He was murdered at night when he was returning from a campaign event.

Since his murder, the police has launched an investigation into the crime.

However, with the election approaching a replacement was needed for his constituency.

It was earlier reported that his widow, Ophelia Hayford will take up his candidacy and contest for his seat.

Ophelia Hayford, who held the rank of an Assistant Superintendent of Police has allegedly written to the Ghana Police Service to resign from the service.

As filing of nomination has been closed by the Electoral Commission, the NPP has written to the EC to invoke section 13(4) of CI 127.

This will give the NPP a 10-day extension of the nomination period. This will hopefully give them enough time to gather the necessary documentation to file nominations for new candidates.

However, the NPP has denied rumours that Ophelia Hayford has been selected to represent the party in the 2020 parliamentary elections.

According to them, they are yet to make a decision on who will take up the mantle for Mfantseman.

This is the second time a widow is taking up her deceased husband’s parliamentary seat in the last year.

In January 2019, Lydia Alhassan contested and won the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency seat after her husband Emmanuel Agyarko passed away.


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