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Election 2016: Know your female parliamentary candidates – See more at: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/politics/58746-election-2016-know-your-female-parliamentary-candidates.html#sthash.2z70pnLL.dpuf

92cddd174cf9540b324adb97f1c1267f_LThey are women who have resolved to serve their country by becoming law-makers in Parliament  and we want you, our dear readers,  to  become familiar with  all of them  through weekly features.

We hope the information we put out about them would, in some way, help voters make up their minds about the people they want to represent them in Parliament.

Mrs Abena Osei-Asare 

NPP parliamentary candidate, Atiwa East Constituency, Eastern Region

She is one of the youngest Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic but within her short stay in the house, her contributions and active participation in activities has made her one of the few women in parliament who cannot be overlooked.

Mrs Abena Osei-Asare, who represents the people of Atiwa East in the Eastern Region, describes her experience in parliament as an interesting one as it has given her the opportunity to learn more about dealing with challenges and the society as a whole.

To her, one of the most important attributes of a parliamentarian is the ability to establish a mutual relationship with fellow parliamentarians and  constituents and it is with this same ideology that she is seeking to be re-elected into parliament.

She attributes the successes chalked in her first term to the relationships she has built at the constituency level and with her colleagues in the house.

Currently, about 100 schoolchildren in her constituency have benefited from a scholarship scheme she set up with her common fund.

Mrs Osei-Asare says education is an area she prioritises as she believes it is the surest way to transform the lives of her people.

“Most of the children are brilliant but do not have the support or infrastructure as compared to their colleagues in the urban areas. My focus is to create an enabling environment for both teachers and students so our students receive the best”

Aside the common fund scholarship scheme, there are about 40 students who are also on a scholarship scheme supported by other institutions and organisations.

She says with the changing trends and technology now used in teaching and learning , she has been able to provide 100 computers to teachers in her constituency.

“The common fund is always not enough for all the projects so in order to distribute it evenly to everyone, I buy bags of cement and roofing sheets and distribute to all the communities in the constituency.”

These items, she explained, are used by the community leaders to construct and refurbish schools, toilets, and other buildings for the benefit of all.

She says though she is working on a number of projects, what has kept her going is her ability to relate to her people irrespective of their political divide.

Mrs Osei-Asare, a professional chattered accountant, also holds a Master’s degree in Development Finance from the University of Ghana Business School.

Prior to entering parliament, she worked with the New York University, a study abroad site and later moved to Barclays Bank.

Ms Joycelyn TettehJoycelyn Tetteh

NDC parliamentary candidate, North Dayi Constituency, Volta Region

Ms Joycelyn Tetteh, 27, is a law student at the University of Cape Coast. She clicked a novel political fortune when she defeated the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for North Dayi, Mr George Loh, and two others in the parliamentary primaries held in November, last year.

According  to her, the constituents believed in her and that was why they had given her the nod  to contest the forthcoming elections in order to represent them.

Her humble prayer is for God to help her get things done in conformity with the expectations of the people.

“One of my  major  priorities is to tackle  education by providing teaching and learning materials to most of the schools if not all, and work selflessly for the people in my constituency,” she said.

“I also intend working hand in hand with the founders of the party, seek their views on issues and call on them anytime the need arises.”

She said she preached peace during her  campaign and would continue to do so.

She assured the people of North Dayi and Ghana as a whole that her personal interest would always remain secondary.

Ms Tetteh  hails from Tsyome Sabadu in the North Dayi District. She had her primary education in the district  from where she proceeded to the University Practice Senior High School, Cape Coast.

She later  gained admission to the University of Cape Coast (UCC) from where she was awarded a first degree in Bachelor of Education in Management.

She started student politics at the University in 2008 and was part of the judicial committee of TEIN-UCC and currently the women’s organiser.

If elected MP at the next parliamentary election, she would join the female caucus of MPs from the Volta Region.

Madam Patricia Appiagyei Madam Patricia Appiagyei  

NPP parliamentary candidate, Asokwa Constituency, Ashanti Region

The always smiling Member of Parliament for Asokwa, who is popularly called Mama Pat, will be seeking her second term in Parliament come November 7, this year after winning her primary last year.

The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) primary to select its parliamentary candidate for Asokwa was one of the keenly contested primaries in the region.

The primary that saw her elected to contest the seat on the ticket of her party was fraught with lots of problems and was nearly marred by acts of violence such that voting had to be suspended for more than two hours.

Although the primaries are over, issues surrounding it are still pending as her sole contender, who ironically is the one she wrest the slot from, Mr Maxwell Kofi Jumah, is still facing prosecution for destroying electoral materials on the day of the election.

That notwithstanding, Madam Patricia Appiagyei, says she has put all these behind her and is concentrating on the main picture, which is to retain the seat for the party and help the flag bearer of her party to win the presidential elections.

Though Asokwa could be described as one of the safest seats for the NPP in the Ashanti Region, she said the main objective was not only to win the seat but to increase the number of votes thereby enhancing the chances of the party as well.

Before contesting the seat at Asokwa, she had previously tried to win the Asawase seat for the NPP on two occasions but failed.

The former Mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) says her works in the constituency should make it possible for her to retain the seat.

Some of the projects she has undertaken in the constituency include the distribution of more than 100 computers to some selected basic schools in Asokwa.

The construction of community football field at Ahensan at the cost of GH¢120, 000; the award of scholarships to close to 200 students at both the secondary and tertiary institutions are some of her projects.

Currently, she is providing an additional 30-bed modern maternity ward for the Kumasi South Hospital which is serving as the Ashanti Regional Hospital.

When completed, this would bring  relief to most nursing mothers who have to sleep on the floor with their newly born babies and also reduce the congestion at the maternity ward of the hospital.

Mad. Appiagyei is a Catholic by faith and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

She has vast experience in management as she has held management positions in her private life before joining politics.

She has worked with Kuapa Kokoo Credit Union, National Investment Bank and City Investment Company Limited.

Hajia Alijata Sulemana Hajia Alijata Sulemana

NDC parliamentary candidate, Sisala East Constituency, Upper West Region

A decade ago, women and children in the Sisala East District in the Upper West Region, walked miles to get potable water for their households.

Hajia Alijata Sulemana, the National Democratic Congress Parliamentary candidate for Sisala East Constituency, then a volunteer with the People Action to Win Life All-round (PAWLA), a non-governmental organisation at Tumu in Sisala East, asked herself what she could do to help curb the water situation in her community.

Aside from the unavailability of water, there were other developmental deficiencies in the community of which Madam Sulemana thought she could help make better should she get an influential platform.

“Apparently, it was at the time that so much noise was being made about women getting involved in politics,” she said.

She, thus, decided to contest for the position of assembly woman which she considered would give her the platform to help her community.

Fortunately, she won the assemblies and campaigned vehemently for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2008 and subsequently, contested for the District Chief Executive (DCE) position in 2009.

Competing as the only woman among nine men, she won the DCE elections.

As the DCE, Hajia Sulemana lobbied for a number of Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) projects for almost every community in the Sisala East District, one of which was a six-unit classroom block for the Wellembelle community.

As water  was the main reason why she decided to delve into politics, she  made life easier for the people in the Sisala East district when she, together with the help of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, provided the community with boreholes.

She also mobilised the ladies in her community who had no jobs and put them in places they could work.

“I got most of them trained and recruited for the School Feeding Programme and also formed youth groups where I introduced them to credit facilities and sensitised them to what  they can do for themselves.”

In showing appreciation for her works in the Sisala East district, some of the district members contributed and picked up forms for her to contest the parliamentary primaries in 2011 which she won.

As a Member of Parliament for the Sisala East Constituency, she has pushed for a number of E-government projects including a senior high school and a classroom block with two teacher’s quarters.

With her Common Fund, she has built a Community Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound for her constituency.

Aside from that, Hajia Sulemana has provided a number of needy students in the community with over 5,000 pairs of sandals and school uniforms.

“I visit the schools and ask the teachers to help me locate the needy students and irrespective of their parents’ political affiliation, they benefit from the goods,” she said.

Hajia Sulemana has a diploma in Community Development from the Rural Development College at Kwaso in the Ashanti Region.

She is married with three children and draws her inspiration and strength from her family members.

– See more at: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/politics/58746-election-2016-know-your-female-parliamentary-candidates.html#sthash.2z70pnLL.dpuf

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