July 20, 2024
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Nii Lante Vanderpuye bows out of Parliament after 2024

Odododiodio MP Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye, will not return to Parliament after the expiration of his current term. This is because did not file to contest in the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s parliamentary primaries. 

So far, three aspirants have filed their nominations to contest the primaries scheduled for Tuesday, October 31. Nii Adjebu Lamptey, NDC’s Elections Committee for Odododiodio Constituency has announced. 

He thus advised the supporters of the three aspirants to be circumspect about their utterances during the campaigns. According to him, it’s an internal contest and they must comport themselves for the exercise. 

“NDC members and supporters, what we are doing now is internal competition, and we pray that all of them will comport themselves so that we can have a peaceful election.”

“The filing of nominations has been very peaceful, and we expect that it will continue like that. On Friday there will be vetting at the regional party office, and on October 31, the elections will come on as planned.”

Nii Lantey Vanderpuye first entered Parliament in 2013 after beating the New Patriotic Party’s Victor Okaikoi in the 2012 general elections. 

Mr Vanderpuye was quite confident about his chances of winning, famously stating in November 2012 that if he got less than 65% of the vote, he would concede the seat to Okaikoi.

In the end, Vanderpuye won by a smaller landslide than expected, with 45,967 votes (63%) against 26,269 (36%) for Okaikoi and 745 (1%) for Emmanuel Odoi of the Convention People’s Party.

In December 2016, he was retained as the Member of Parliament for the Odododiodio Constituency with 36,606 votes representing 57.04% against his closest contender, the New Patriotic Party, whose candidate had 26,671 votes representing 41.56%.

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