Politics of Thursday, 6 September 2012
The ruling National Democratic Congress has downplayed the latest opinion poll results by market and political researchers, Synovate.
The poll puts the NDC’s John Mahama slightly ahead of the NPP’s Nana Akufo Addo if elections were held presently.
The results show that the NDC would obtain 34.2% of the total votes cast with the opposition New Patriotic Party following closely with 31.8 per cent.
The Progressive People's Party would manage 5.3 per cent, leaving the Convention People's Party with 3.6 per cent of the votes.
The People's National Convention (PNC) secured only 1.9 per cent with the other parties obtaining less than one per cent of the vote.
Asked "If Presidential elections were organized in Ghana now, which Political party would you vote for?” 32.8 per cent of residents of the swing region of Greater Accra said they would vote for the NDC whilst 27.3 per cent said they would vote for the NPP with a staggering 27.6 per cent remaining undecided.
But the NDC says it cannot be deceived by Synovate, as it describes the poll as a trap and an attempt to distract the party from the focus of its campaign.
Propaganda Secretary Richard Quashigah says the NDC will win at a bigger margin than what is being put out by Synovate.
“I don’t trust Synovate, I don’t trust their work. We know they work for the NPP and that they cannot project anything favourable about the NDC and if they have done that now, it’s just cosmetic,” he stressed.
Mr. Quashigah said the NDC is focusing on garnering 57 percent of the December elections and that the figure put out by Synovate is not going to deter the party from working hard towards victory.
Meanwhile, the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) also says it is surprised at the findings of the polls.
Deputy communications Director of the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoah told XYZ News in an interview that the poll cannot be a reflection of the reality on the grounds.
It will be interesting to look at the dynamics because we believe that as far as all Ghana is concerned at this time we believe sincerely that Nana Addo is in the lead.”
He said there is every indication that Nana Addo’s policy focus is better placed to benefit Ghanaians than what the NDC has to offer.