Four female Members of Parliament, out of the 33 in the Eastern Region, have all retained their seat in this year’s general election.
Three out of the four won on the ticket of the governing NPP while one won on the opposition NDC’s ticket.
They are Abena Osei-Asare, a Deputy Minister of Finance and NPP MP for Atiwa East; Gifty Twum-Ampofo, a Deputy Minister of Education in charge of TVET and the NPP MP for Abuakwa North; Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei, a Deputy Minister of Information and NPP MP for Akuapem North; and Betty Krosbi Mensah, NDC MP for Afram Plains North.
The four add up to the 39 female MPs elected to the eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
The number of female MPs who won in this year’s election is an upward adjustment to 22.3 per cent from the 2016 figure of 13.5 per cent of the total 275 MPs.
Meanwhile, three incumbent MPs have also lost their seats in the region. Two of the MPs were NPP MPs and one NDC MP.
They are Joseph Tetteh, NPP MP for Upper Manya Krobo; Samuel Ayeh Paye, NPP MP for Ayensuano; and Derek Ohene Assifo Bekoe, NDC MP for Upper West Akim.
Mr Tetteh lost the election to the NDC’s Bismark Nyarko Tetteh. The NDC also won the Ayensuano seat after its candidate, Nana Yaw Teddy Addy, defeated incumbent MP Ayeh Paye.
However, the NPP also flipped the Upper West Akyem seat, with Frederick Obeng Adom defeating the NDC MP for the area, Derek Assifo Bekoe.
The NDC, however, made some significant progress in the region by capturing two seats of the NPP to gain eight seats against the NPP’s 25 seats.