Twelve women from the Eastern Region of Ghana have filed their nominations with the Eastern Regional Office of the Electoral Commission to contest in the 2020 parliamentary elections.
The astute women are contesting in eleven out of the 33 constituencies in the region in a year termed as unprecedented for women politics.
Operating on the political platforms of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress (NDC), Ghana Union Movement (GUM), Convention People’s Party (CPP), and the Liberty Party of Ghana (LPG), with one contesting as an independent candidate.
The constituencies are Atiwa East, Abirem, Akropong, Abuakwa North, Afram Plains North, New Juaben South, New Juaben North, Akim Oda, Achiase, Fanteakwa North, and Suhum.
Some of these women are already acting government officials and they are Mrs Abena Osei-Asare, MP for Atiwa East who doubles as the Deputy Minister for Finance, Mrs Nana Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, Akropong MP and Deputy Information Minister, Mrs Gifty Twum-Ampofo, MP for Abuakwa North and Deputy Minister for Education and Ms Betty Krosbi Mensah, MP for Kwahu Afram Plains North for the NDC.
The others are Ms Mavis Ama Frimpong (NDC), Abirem, Amanda Okyere Kwatia (NDC), Suhum, Ms Petrah Penianah (GUM), New Juaben South, Ms Lucy Ansah (GUM), Akim Oda, Ms Christiana Yeboah (GUM), Achiase, Ms Gifty Anakwa (CPP), Akropong, Ms Dorcas Brobbey (LPG), New Juaben North and Ms Faustina Kwakye Yeboah (independent), Fanteakwa North.
With the exception of the Akropong constituency where two women are contesting the same seat, in the persons of Nana Dokua Asiamah-Adjei of the NPP and Ms Mercy Ansah of the CPP, all the remaining 10 constituencies have one woman contesting with several men including incumbent MPs.