Ernest Yaw Annim of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has won the Kumawu by-election with more than 70% of valid votes cast.

Ernest Yaw Annim was in the lead with 14,195 votes, or 70.32 percent, as of 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday after the Electoral Commission (EC) had tallied ballots from 75 polling locations.

The NDC candidate, Kwasi Amankwaa, received 3,569 votes, or 17.68% of the total. The two independent candidates Kwaku Duah with a hoe received 61 votes, or 0.30 percent, and Kwaku Duah with a bird received 2,362 votes, or 11.70 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The Kumawu constituency in the Ashanti Region became vacant after the lawmaker who presents them in parliament Mr Basoah died on March 27, 2023, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, where he has been on admission for a serious ailment.

Philip was born on November 18, 1969. He hails from Kumawu in the Ashanti region of Ghana.