President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has taken a strong stance in the ongoing Assin North by-election, urging constituents not to vote for a candidate who may face potential imprisonment. Speaking at a campaign rally, the President emphasized the importance of making informed choices and supporting candidates with credibility and adherence to the rule of law.
Expressing concerns over candidates with pending legal issues or questionable histories, President Akufo-Addo urged constituents to exercise their voting rights responsibly. He highlighted the need for individuals who can effectively serve the interests of the people and work towards their welfare.
Addressing a large gathering in Assin North, the President responded to statements made by James Gyakye-Quayson, the former Member of Parliament for the constituency who is facing legal challenges. President Akufo-Addo questioned the practicality of electing someone who might end up in jail and emphasized the importance of electing candidates capable of working to improve the lives of constituents.
“It is crucial for us to exercise our voting rights responsibly,” the President stated firmly. “We should not support or vote for individuals who are entangled in legal controversies that may eventually lead them to face imprisonment.
“We need someone who can come and help you. someone who will work in your interest. I heard Gyakye Quayson say that even in prison, you people will vote for him, can he work from jail? We vote for people to go to parliament to work, how can he work from prison so don’t vote for someone who will end up in jail, vote for someone who can work to improve your lives.”
Dismissing claims of influencing the court against Mr Gyakye-Quayson, President Akufo-Addo reaffirmed that the legal process has taken its course. He further emphasized the necessity for political office aspirants to possess integrity and urged voters to thoroughly evaluate candidates’ backgrounds, qualifications, and reputations before casting their ballots in the upcoming by-election.
The Assin North constituency has been grappling with political uncertainty, making the President’s call for responsible voting all the more crucial. As the election date approaches, constituents face the task of carefully considering the candidates and their potential to effectively represent their interests in parliament.