Confirmed: Lydia Alhassan beats John Dumelo to retain Ayawaso West Wuogon seat

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The incumbent Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Mrs Lydia Seyram Alhassan has retained her seat after polling 39,851 out of 77,604 total votes.

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“By projection, I am in pole position to win when all the results are verified by the EC,” the actor turned politician tweeted in the early hours of Tuesday as counting wrapped up at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Collation Centre in Accra.

But by sunrise, the outcome of the electoral officials’ counting would render John Setor Dumelo’s hopes dashed.

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The actor-turned-politician was gunning to take over the reigns in the constituency in a fierce parliamentary contest against the incumbent, Lydia Seyram Alhassan.

The dynamics were peculiar in this area.

The battle was between an on-screen darling-boy hoping to cash in on his status versus a strong wife continuing the legacy of a husband who had, until his demise, held the constituency seat for a record number of terms.

Mrs Alhassan replaced her late husband Emmanuel Boakye Agyarko when she contested and won the parliamentary seat in January 2019.

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