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Provisional: NDC recaptures Talensi seat

BT Baba and President John Mahama
The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has recaptured the Talensi seat beating the opposition NPP and seven other parties that took part in Tuesday’s by-election, provisional results have revealed.

The party’s candidate, former head of the Ghana Prisons Service, BT Baba is the MP-elect.

He garnered 9,716 votes as against the NPP’s 9,578.

This means the ruling party has added additional muscle to its overwhelming parliamentary supremacy. The seat was until 2012 occupied by the NDC.

Both parties had said the election provides them the opportunity to test their strength and strategies ahead of the 2016 elections.

Today’s election was riddled with pockets of violence as the main opposition NPP and the ruling NDC have been at each other’s throat throughout the voting period.

Tension went high in the late hours of Tuesday afternoon following a clash between the NDC’s Azoka Boys and the opposition NPP’s Bolga Bull Dogs.

The clashes reportedly resulted in the injury of some individuals from both sides of the political divide.

The poll became necessary following the enskinment of the MP for the area Robert Nachinab Mosore as chief of the Tolon traditional area.