Ben Effah, the constituency chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for Assin North in the Central Region, has refuted reports that the government has rapidly begun building roads there in order to gain support for the approaching by-election.
Over 15 road construction machines have been deployed in various communities within the Assin North constituency in recent days, busy building roads.
According to reports, the voting machines were sent to the constituency shortly after the court nullified James Gyakye Quayson’s election as the district’s member of parliament, necessitating a by-election.
Some locals have criticized the government because they think the action is designed to influence people to support the ruling party in the next by-election.
Ben Effah, the NPP constituency chairman for Assin North, stated that the roads being built began as long back as 2020, before the general election, when speaking to media on Friday.
There is now no road being built in Assin North due to the by-election, but the project is still progressing. The construction equipment has been in use since 2020, but the contractor occasionally leaves the job site and doesn’t come back until he has been paid.
We don’t take two weeks to build gutters on so extensive kilometers of road because the gutters have already been completed and the roadways filled.
There has been continuing construction in Assin North for a very long time; nothing new is being done. Roads in Assin Bereku have been occupied by machines for a long time. Nothing extraordinary is being done; completing such projects is customary.
It’s admirable how quickly the project is progressing. Therefore, I kindly request that the public rejects assertions that these roads are being built in order to garner support for the next by-election,” Chairman Ben Effah continued.
The Assin North by-election will take place on June 27, 2023, according to the Electoral Commission.