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Superintendant Toobu pulls 755 of 1072 votes to retire Mr Chireh

By Radio Mak

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A retired Police Officer, Superintendent Peter Lanchene Toobu, pulled 755 votes out of 1072 valid votes cast to unseat incumbent Member of Parliament for the Wa West Constituency in the Upper West Region, Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh.
Mr Chireh, who was openly confident that he could win any election without the media, managed with 317 votes in the just ended National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Primaries, an indication that the delegates were determined for a change.
This means Superintendant Toobu who garnered about 70.4 per cent of the valid votes cast, would represent the NDC in the Wa West District in the 2020 general elections, while Mr Chireh, who had about 29.6 per cent, would retire from the “MPship”.
Out of a total of 1,141 delegates who registered to vote in the Wa West Constituency, 1,088 delegates turned up to vote, with 16 rejected ballots and one spoiled ballot.
Mr Chireh had served as the Member of Parliament for the Wa West Constituency since 2004 while Superintendent Toobu was the executive secretary to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) until he retired in 2019 to contest the Wa West parliamentary seat on the ticket of the NDC.
The relatively peaceful election, with a massive security from both the military and police, was supervised by officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) in the Wa West District.
None of the two candidates, Superintendant Toobu or Mr Chireh, was readily available to address the media after the results were announced by the EC.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Mr Adamu Dasaana, a former Chief Executive for the Wa West noted that the members of the party would rally behind any candidate that would emerge as winner of the primaries to lead the NDC in the constituency to the general election in 2020.
He said the party was poised to retain the seat in the constituency and would not allow any person or group of persons to destroy the unity within the party.

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