Photos: Nana Addo congratulates 22year old Parliamentary candidate

Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has congratulated Francisca Oteng Mensah, the 22year old law student, who was elected over the weekend in the party’s primaries as the parliamentary candidate for Kwabre East in the Ashanti Region.

Francisca, who is in her 2nd year at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), beat competition from five male contenders including the incumbent MP, Kofi Frimpong, who has served as an MP on three occasions.

Francisca Oteng-Mensah  managed to poll 321 votes to beat the closest contender and incumbent MP, Kofi Frimpong, who polled 187 votes.

Francisca has since captured news headlines as a debate rages on about whether or not she is competent and experienced enough to take up a parliamentary duty at such a young age.

Others have also questioned how she hopes to combine parliamentary duties should she be elected in the 2016 elections, by which time she wouldn’t have completed her law degree.

But Francisca has responded to her critics saying she is prepared enough to take up the responsibility and has a perfect plan when it comes to handling her education with her parliamentary career.

Francisca’s father, who is the CEO of Angel of Companies – which  comprises a radio and TV station, a school, construction and estate firms, a herbal medicine and cream manufacturing firm amongst others, has rebuffed suggestions that he used his money to influence delegates to vote for her daughter.

Dr. Kwaku Oteng says his daughter is intelligent enough to take up the role and succeeded in convincing delegates to vote for her. He told the Daily Graphic that if wining was about money, then the incumbent MP spent more on his campaign that his daughter did.

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Francisca Oteng Mensah visited the NPP Flagbearer in his office on Tuesday in the company of her father and some NPP executives of the Kwabre East Constituency.

Nana Addo posted on his Facebook Page ” Ms. Francisca Oteng Mensah, the NPP’s 22 year old parliamentary candidate for Kwabre East constituency paid a surprise visit to my office this afternoon. She was accompanied by her constituency executives and her father, Dr. Kwaku Oteng”.

Ms. Oteng-Mensah who turned 22 on February 14, 2015 could become the youngest parliamentarian in Ghana at age 24 should she win the parliamentary elections in 2016. Her constituency has been touted a safe seat for the NPP in the stronghold region of the party.

By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/