At the Teshie Police station, where the collation from various polling stations was being done Tuesday dawn, the two leading contenders in the Ledzokuku constituency, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Mr Benjamin Ayiku Nartey from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) tried to stay awake and observe the process.
Even though the spirit was willing, the body was weak.
Already, the NDC has announced that they have “flipped” the Ledzokuku seat even though the collation was not complete as of 12:40am when the party held a press conference at its national headquarters in Accra.
After the various polling station results were counted, supporters of both the NPP and NDC in the Ledzorkuku constituency took over the streets of Teshie in jubilation, as both sides claimed to be winning the swing seat.
The NDC’s Benjamin Ayiku, a businessman, is challenging the incumbent MP, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye of the NPP, who is also a Deputy Minister of Health.
Graphic Online’s Bernard Neequaye who was at the collation centre at the Teshie Police Station reported at as of 2:40am, Tuesday, the NDC Parliamentary Candidate, Benjamin Ayiku Narteh, had taken a slim lead ahead of the incumbent Dr Bernard Okoe Boye of the NPP.
Mr Ayiku had garnered 33,334 with Dr Okoe Boye possessing 32,742 from 219 Polling Stations.
The provisional results gave the NDC candidate a 592 votes lead at Ledzokuku at a time 123 more Polling Stations were yet to be collated.
The Ledzokuku Constituency has been a four-year swing seat for Parliamentary Candidates since the late Nii Adjei Boye Selma won it in 1992 and 1996.
Before this election, the incumbent Dr Okoe Boye was tipped to win the seat for the second time, Neequaye reported.