Confirmation of Salaga South MP begins

Delegates of the New Patriotic Party in the Salaga South constituency of the Savannah Region have met to confirm incumbent Member of Parliament, Adam Salifu Braimah, to contest on the ticket of the party in the December parliamentary polls.

Mr Braimah who is also the Regional Minister, is expected to be confirmed by some 493 delegates.

The Salaga South constituency is the largest constituency in the Savannah region with a total of 94 polling stations.

It has a total voter population of over 49,000.

The constituency has since 1992 produced four MPs including the incumbent.

Each of the three former MPs represented the constituency for two terms.

No MP has won the seat for for a third term.

While the NDC has won the seat for four terms,  the NPP has won it twice and once by an independent candidate.

Mr. Baba Braimah of the NDC won in 1992 and 1996 respectively.

But in 2000, he was defeated by Abubakari Sadiqque Boniface now MP for Madina who stood as an independent candidate, shutting the latter’s dream of winning the seat for a third term.

In 2004, Boniface Abubakari crossed carpet to NPP and represented the party as its candidate.

He subsequently won the 2004 elections making him the first MP on the ticket of the NPP.

In 2008, Alhaji Ibrahim Dey of the NDC beat Boniface to take the seat from NPP. He won again In 2012.

In 2016, the current MP Adam Salifu Braimah stood on the ticket of the NPP to beat the NDC incumbent MP with 24 votes. Mr. Salifu pulled 12,776 votes to  beat his opponent Alhaji Dey who secured 12,726 votes

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This the NDC MP contested the results at the high court in Tamale  citing over voting as the basis.

The matter was determined by the Tamale High Court which declared Mr. Braimah the winner of the 2016 elections.

In the 2020 NPP parliamentary primary, the MP is going unopposed.

Even though some names popped up in the run up to the picking of nomination, none actually picked nomination.

According to the MP, his unprecedented development  is the reason he had no competitor.

“The visible infrastructural development in the constituency and others is the reason for the confidence the party has reposed in me”

He added, the people of Salaga South will give him four more years to do more just as the President will be given four more years to do more.

However, some COVID-19 protocols were missing at the venue.

Meanwhile, delegates at the confirmation ceremony have disregarded covid-19 safety protocols as some were spotted without their nose masks while others did not observe social distancing.

Constituency Secretary Abdulai Habib reacting to this blamed delegates for the situation.

By Christopher Amoako||Ghana