Constituency Watch Will Hannah Bissiw retain Tano South seat?

Hannah Bissiw secured 19, 236 of the votes as against 17, 856 by her opponent in 2012.

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Out of the total 275 Members of Parliament, the Brong Ahafo Region, which previously had 24 constituencies, now boasts of 29 constituencies, with 2,740 polling stations, after the creation of the 45 new constituencies per the Constitutional Instrument (CI) 75.

For the whole region, only two women contestants managed to sail through to the national assembly, in the persons of Ms Freda Prempeh of the NPP, a professional Journalist, and Ms Hannah Louisa Bisiw, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture in-charge of Livestocks, in the Tano North and its sister Tano South Constituencies, respectively.

Tano South has been the seat for the NDC until NPP took over in the 200 elections but in the 2012 elections, Hanna Louisa Bissiw won the seat again on the ticket of the NDC.

play Hanna Louisa Bissiw, MP Tano South constituency

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At the end of the poll in all the 29 constituencies, there were a lot of surprises, as some of the widely tipped incumbent MPs, fell by the wayside, giving way to new faces. Notable among them was NPP’s Mr Andrew Adjei- Yeboah in the Tano South, who was dethroned by the NDC’s Dr Bissiw, the Deputy Minister of Water Resources Works and Housing.

The question some people asked was, did Mr Adjei-Yeboah feel complacent and thought it was a done deal for him or was it that Dr Bisiw did her home work very well, hence the turn of events? I am sure my dear readers will make their judgments.

 

Billboards displayed at a vantage point at the Bechem Lorry Station depicts the various social interventions that Hannah Bissiw had undertaken apparently in her bid to wrest the seat again.

In 2008, Andrews Adjei-Yeboah of the NPP polled 14921 (52.8%), Boateng Frederick PNC 281 (1%), Josephine Ataa Oppong CPP 738 (2.6%), Kwadwo Owusu Agyemang NDC had 12299 (43.6%).

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Dr Bissiw, who will be seeking her second term in office as MP, previously worked as the quality control manageress at the West Africa Fisheries before being appointed as a Deputy Minister for Works and Housing from January 2009 to January 2013.

In the December 2012 parliamentary election, she had 19,236 votes, representing 51.49% of the 37,362 valid votes cast, to beat the incumbent NPP MP, Mr Andrew Adjei Yeboah, who obtained 17,856 votes, representing 47.79 percent of the valid votes.

Dr Bissiw, who won the 2015 NDC primary in the constituency unopposed, is hoping to retain the seat during the November 7, 2016, general election.

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