The Techiman South Constituency, located in the Techiman Municipality of the Bono East Region, has a population of 243,335 and a voter population of 127,854. With Techiman as its capital, it is bordered by Wenchi Constituency to …"> African Elections | Constituency Watch Episode 6 – Techiman South Constituency
Constituency Watch Episode 6 – Techiman South Constituency

The Techiman South Constituency, located in the Techiman Municipality of the Bono East Region, has a population of 243,335 and a voter population of 127,854. With Techiman as its capital, it is bordered by Wenchi Constituency to the northwest, Nkroranza South and Sunyani West to the southeast, Offinso North to the south, Nkoranza North to the northeast and Techiman North to the north.

The constituency comprises 32 electoral areas and has diverse ethnic groups with the Akans being the largest (50.5%), closely followed by Mole-Dagbani (27.2%), Gurma (3.2%), Guan (2.6%), with 16.5% consisting of  Ga-Adangbe and other ethnic groups, according to the 2021 Population and Housing Census.

A map of Techiman South and its boundary constituencies.

Agriculture is the major economic activity for most constituents, employing around 55% of the people. Also, the Constituency serves as a trading hub, boasting one of the largest markets in West Africa, which attracts traders from various countries in the sub-region, including Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, Mali, among others.

The Constituency has historically been a stronghold for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in presidential elections but has alternated between the NDC and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in parliamentary elections. The 2020 elections saw a tight contest in the presdential race, with the NDC narrowly defeating the NPP with 49.3% to 46.9% of the votes.

The parliamentary election was also closely contested, with Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah of the NPP winning with 50.2%,  amidst controversy and violence that marred the collation of results which led to the death of some people and others severely injured.

The NDC disputed the results of the parliamentary election claiming that their candidate, Christopher Beyere Baasongti, was unjustly denied victory. Despite a court ruling against them, the party remains adamant that they were robbed of victory.

As the 2024 elections approach, both parties have retained their 2020 candidates, setting the stage for a tight rematch.

2024 Presidential and parliamentary candidates for NDC and NPP in Techiman South 

Ahead of the elections, the African Elections Project, as part of its efforts to keep voters informed through its Ghana Elections Constituency Watch series, examines the historical dynamics between the two parties in the Constituency, as well as the key issues that will shape voting decisions of voters in the Constituency.

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Dynamics of Parliamentary Elections in the Techiman South Constituency

Parliamentary Elections in the Techiman South Constituency have been very competitive. The graph below shows the performance of the NDC and the NPP from 1996 to 2020.

Data Source: Electoral Commission (EC)

In 1996, Alhaji  Kwadwo Mama Adams won the Techiman South Constituency on the ticket of the NDC with 60.9%, defeating Reginald Agyeman-Badu of the NPP who obtained 39%.  However, he served only a term of 4years in parliament, as he narrowly lost to Prince Oduro Mensah of the NPP in the 2000 election.

In the 2004 election, Mr Oduro Mensah failed to retain the seat for the NPP, as he was defeated by Simon Addai of the NDC, who secured 47.8% of the vote. Addai went on to retain the seat in 2008, winning with 50.6% of the vote against Prince Yaw Donyina of the NPP. The NDC maintained its hold on the Constituency in 2012, obtaining 54.6% of the votes.

The NPP however staged a comeback in 2016, with Henry Yeboah Yiadom-Boachie capturing the seat with 50.5% of the votes.

In the 2020 parliamentary elections, the NPP’s  candidate, Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah, polled  49,682 votes, representing 50.2% of the total votes, beating his closest contender Christopher Beyere Baasongti of the NDC who polled 49,205 votes, representing 49.6% of the total valid votes.

Dynamics of Presidential Elections in Techiman South

Techiman South, since its creation in 1992, has predominantly been a stronghold of the NDC in presidential elections.

The graph below shows the presidential election performance of the NDC and NPP in the Techiman South Constituency from 1996 to 2020.

Data Source: Electoral Commission (EC)

In 1996, the NDC, led by Jerry John Rawlings, secured a resounding victory, capturing 61% of the votes. The pendulum swung in 2000 when John Agyekum Kufour led the NPP to its first victory in the Constituency, obtaining 50.4% of the votes against the NDC's John Atta Mills, who garnered 44.8%.

The NDC recaptured the Constituency in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 elections, obtaining 52.5%, 52.3%, and 55.7% respectively; however, they lost the 2016 elections,  as Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, with his message of change, led the NPP to obtain 50.7% of the votes.

One of the factors that might have accounted for the loss of the NDC in the Techiman South Constituency was the DKM saga.

In 2015, thousands of customers of the microfinance company DKM, the majority of whom were in the then Brong Ahafo Region, lost funds running into millions of Ghana cedis after the Bank of Ghana suspended its operations for violating the Banking Act. The NPP politicised the issue and accused the then-Mahama administration of doing little to address the situation. Addressing a gathering of party supporters in the Brong Ahafo region to wrap up his campaign tour of the area in 2016, the then NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo Addo said his government would ensure that all individuals and groups affected by the DKM scandal and other scandals would have their monies refunded.

The NDC recaptured the Constituency in the 2020 elections,  securing 49.3%, against the NPP's 46.8%.

Thus, over the seven electoral cycles since 1996, the NDC has won the Techiman South Constituency five times (1996, 2004,  2008, 2012, and 2020), while the NPP has won it twice (2000 and 2016).

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Key Issues for Voters

As a major contributor to the national food basket, one of the critical issues for constituents, particularly farmers is the poor road infrastructure linking the farming communities to the Constituency and regional capitals. Some farmers in an interview with GNA complained that they cultivate vast acres of yam and cassava but do not have access to the market because of the deplorable road network. "We are not able to send our produce from the farms due to bad roads, and it is affecting our livelihood," one of the farmers told the news agency.

Another major concern for voters is unemployment, particularly among the youth, which has led some to turn to substance abuse as a way to cope with their situation, according to a report by 3news.

Who Wins?

The race is expected to be extremely tight in both the presidential and parliamentary elections, given the narrow margins in the 2020 elections. The candidates or parties that can propose effective solutions to address the pressing issues faced by constituents are likely to get the support of voters.


Techiman South Constituency stands out as a pivotal area to watch leading up to the 2024 elections. The anticipated rematch between the NDC's parliamentary candidate Christopher Beyere Baasongti and the incumbent MP Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah, now serving as Minister for Local Government and Decentralization, promises to be a closely watched battle by political observers and voters alike.

Lastly, the activities of the Electoral Commission and security services, particularly that of the police, will be scrutinized in light of the violence that marred the 2020 elections in Techiman South.

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