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Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer

Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer

Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician, belongs to the New Patriotic Party and currently serves as the Member of Parliament for the Sekondi Constituency in the Western Region, succeeding Papa Owusu-Ankomah after his 20-year tenure.

1973

12 September 1973

Early life and education

Born in Sekondi, Ghana, to James Mercer, a lawyer and diplomat,  attended Chapel Hill Preparatory School in Takoradi for primary education. He then studied at Adisadel College in Cape Coast, where he obtained his GCE Ordinary level and GCE Advanced level certificates. Afterward, he pursued higher education at the University of Ghana, graduating with Honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and a Bachelor of Laws. He furthered his legal studies at the Ghana School of Law, qualifying as a lawyer in Ghana after passing the bar examination.

 

2004

12 September 2004

Professional career

Egyapa Mercer began his career in 2004 as a pupil at the law firm Messrs. Acquah-Sampon and Associates in Accra. In 2007, he joined First Atlantic Bank as an assistant manager and eventually became the head of the legal department. Despite losing in the 2011 Parliamentary primaries for the New Patriotic Party in Sekondi to the incumbent Papa Owusu-Ankomah, he continued to work there until 2013 when he resigned to establish Messrs. Mercer and Company, a corporate and investment law firm in Accra.

2011

12 September 2011

Political life

Egyapa Mercer entered party politics by participating in the Sekondi Constituency NPP parliamentary primary, where he competed against incumbent MP Owusu Ankomah and Kweku Sam Amoah but lost. He chose to run again in the 2016 parliamentary election as the New Patriotic Party candidate, as the incumbent Owusu-Ankomah opted not to seek re-election after winning the seat five times. Egyapa Mercer submitted his candidacy in May 2015 and ran unopposed in the 2015 primaries.

2016

12 September 2016

Parliamentary election

Egyapa Mercer began his campaign with endorsements from figures like Alan John Kyerematen and won the December 2016 parliamentary election in Sekondi, securing 59.47% of the total valid votes with 16,839 votes, defeating candidates from other parties.

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