Talensi battle Mahama, Nana Addo in hot chase for Talensi seat

Nana Addo who has been in Talensi since Friday has been soliciting for votes from the local chiefs

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The contest for the Talensi seat in the upper East Region is becoming keener as Tuesday, July 7, the day for the by-election draws closer.

President John Mahama and Nana Akufo-Addo are leading their respective parties – the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party – in major rallies in Talensi to round off their campaigns ahead of Tuesday’s bye-election.

Nana Addo who has been in Talensi since Friday has been soliciting for votes from the local chiefs.

“Even though chiefs do not take part in partisan politics, you vote. So I'm here to ask you to vote for my candidate, Thomas Duanab, in next Tuesday’s by-election. I am also here to introduce myself to you, as the presidential candidate of the NPP for 2016. As you all know I'm a great friend of the Upper East, and I am here to get your support for the NPP in Tuesday's election and also for the 2016 election,” he said.

President Mahama is leading the NDC rally in the main Talensi township on Sunday afternoon and will be supported by other ministers of state.

Eight political parties have filed their papers to contest the seat that became vacant following the enskinment and subsequent resignation of the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Talensi, Mr. Robert Nachinab Doameng Mosore, who has been installed as the Paramount Chief of the Tongo Traditional Area.

The parties, after balloting for positions, will appear in the following order both on the ballot paper and on the notice of polls: Joseph Toatoba – Progressive People’s Party (PPP); Dennis Atiah Tambil – Independent People’s Party (IPP); James Mambora Doubil – New Vision Party (NVP); and Benson Tongo Baba – National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The rest are Dr Micahel Wumbego Namalteng – People’s National Convention (PNC); Yaro Bameezina Philip – Ghana Freedom Party (GFP); Isaac Kongazore – United Progressive Party (UPP); and Wuni Thomas Pearson – New Patriotic Party (NPP).

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