The Krowor constituency in the Greater Accra Region will on December 7 witness two new female candidates from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) battle it out for the parliamentary seat for the first time.
The seat, currently occupied by the ruling NDC has been vacant for close to a year following the inability of Dr. Nii Oakley Quaye Kumah, the incumbent Member of Parliament to perform his duties due to ill-health.
Though the NDC earlier settled on a male candidate, he has also been bedridden and the void was on Saturday, July 15 filled this time with a woman, Agness Naa Momo Lartey who will now square it up with the NPP candidate, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye.
Speaking in separate interviews with the Daily Heritage, both Mrs Lartey and Mrs Quaye expressed confidence of winning the seat.
Mrs Lartey told the Daily Heritage after winning the parliamentary slot to represent the NDC in the December 7 electon that though she would have preferred a man from the NPP camp; she is ever ready to retain the seat for the NDC.
“I always tell people that I personally don’t like fighting women. I like fighting men not because I feel I am stronger, but because I feel the women are few and so I will prefer to fight a man from the other side. But, it so happens that it is a woman and since we are two women, it is a competition of ideas as to which woman can do it better and that is what I am looking forward to. I look forward to having a healthy competition with her”.
On her part, Mrs Quaye who prior to last Saturday July 14 was the only woman for the Krowor seat said she was also confident of snatching the seat from the NDC and that the candidate her opponents are fielding presents her with no competition.
She said the NDC candidate is not a force to reckon with and that she has no reason to believe the NDC will retain the seat.
“I am even wondering if I feel anything at all about it. It doesn’t change anything and how I look at things. I don’t see her as a formidable contender. I don’t think she is any force to reckon with. What I think is that, they just needed someone to excite the people and make them feel there is a competition and that is what they have done”.
Spirits are down
According to her, the confidence in the NDC is waning ahead of the December polls and that, “their spirit is down. They felt disappointed in the candidate they nominated earlier and feel they should nominate a woman to compete me. I don’t think there is any competition at all. She can’t catch up with me. She is not a contender. she went to the primary earlier and lost and anyone who goes to primary and loses cannot match me.”
Source: Daily Heritage
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