Philip Atta Basoah, the Ashanti Region’s Kumawu’s representative in parliament, passed away.
He reportedly had a heart incident on March 23, 2023, on a Thursday night. He was supposed to attend Parliament on Friday to cast his contentious vote to confirm six ministerial candidates, but he was unable to.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator, who was born on November 18, 1969, earned a master’s degree in 2012 from the Paris Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in arts in 2000 from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. In addition, he completed his MLSC in 1986, his GCE O level in 1991, and his GCE A level in 1994.
He was the Ashanti Region project supervisor for Ghana Education Service. From June 2005 to January 2009, he served as the Sekyere East District’s Chief Executive. At Agogo Senior High School, he served as a teacher.
The late Philip Basoah won the parliamentary seat in the 2016 election with 21,794 votes, or 78.2% of the total votes cast. The NDC’s Emmanuel William Amoako received 5,899 votes, or 21.2% of the total votes cast, and the CPP’s Opoku Kyei Clifford received 188 votes, or 0.7% of the total votes cast.
In the 2020 general elections in Ghana, he received 14,960 votes, or 51.1% of the total votes cast, defeating Bernard Opoku Marfo of the NDC by 2,439 votes, or 8.3% of the total votes cast, Duah Kwaku of the Independent Party by 11,698 votes, or 40% of the total votes cast, and Nana Amoako of the GUM by 174 votes, or 0.6% of the total votes cast.
He served as both a member and the chair of the Parliamentary Lands and Forestry Committee as well as the Committee on Employment, Social Welfare, and State Enterprises.