ET Mensah whipped as Sam George wins ‘father & son’ battle at Ningo-Prampram
After a rancorous campaign littered with insults; a violent election which had to be rescheduled for a day, the “small boy” in the father and son battle of Ningo-Prampram has pulled the biggest shock in the National Democratic Congress Parliamentary elections beating the incumbent ET Mensah.
Provisional results suggest George polled 4867 votes to, most likely end the Parliamentary career of Mr Mensah who was seeking a fifth term in Parliament.
ET Mensah managed to poll 2,740 votes but that was not enough for the consummate politician. With only one polling station left it is not likely the Ningo-Prampram MP will be returning to the House to make laws.
The elections in Ningo-Prampram like those in the other constituencies were supposed to have been held Saturday but acts of violence, accusations and counter accusations between the two aspirants, complaints of missing names in the voters register meant the elections had to be rescheduled to Sunday.
Voting started three hours late on Sunday but under a relatively peaceful environment compared with what happened the day before.
Sam George who could not find his name in the voters register on Saturday had found it on Sunday and was ready to vote.
Peace reigned for most part of the Sunday polls until the invasion of the military.
Led by a captain, whose name is yet to be ascertained the military had come to supervise a rather peaceful election but their presence triggered some uproar from the voters.
The residents chanted and hooted at the military men accusing them of trying to intimidate the voters.
Sam George, unhappy with the presence of the military asked them to leave the polling station.
The Regional Police Commander DCOP Beatrice Sanziri was livid and ordered the military to leave. She said the situation was under control and that they did not need the presence of the military.
“Tensions were raised high. There was a team from the military led by the captain. We work with the military but they come in to support us.
“We call them when the situation is beyond us but this is nothing we can’t handle.
“They were led by a captain who will not take instruction from me.
“I am the Regional Commander and i have told them to withdraw,” she said.
The Regional Chair of the NDC Ade Coker as well as the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister all supported the presence of the military.
Whilst the war words ensued between the military and the police, the electoral war between the George and Mensah continued nonetheless.
A war in which the underdog won with twice as many votes as the incumbent.