In the impending Kumawu by-election, one of the independent candidates, Kwaku Duah, has had his or her electoral commission emblem modified.
The second independent candidate’s emblem, which clashed with the other independent candidate’s, had to be changed, according to the Commission.
As previously stated in a draft notice of election, Kwaku Duah will no longer be represented by a falcon.
According to Benjamin Bano-Bio, the Electoral Commission’s Ashanti Regional Director, CI 127 gives the EC the authority to accept or condemn the emblems used by political parties and independent candidates.
The two independent parliamentary candidates in the Kumawu seat, who are dressed in Kente fabric but are symbolized by a dove and a falcon, have drawn criticism from voters up until this point.
They share the same spelling of the name Kwaku Duah as well.
It has been suggested by some voters that the action could be a part of plots to deter supporters of an independent candidate who ran against the late member of parliament Philip Basoah in the 2020 parliamentary election.
While the incumbent MP received 14,960 votes, Kwaku Duah, an independent, received 11,698 votes, or 51 and 39%, respectively.
According to Mr. Bano-Bio, the public was exposed to the original draft of the Notice of Poll, which featured the dove and falcon.
He said that Kwasi Amankwaa, the NDC’s parliamentary candidate, similarly modified his image.
Read the statement from EC below: