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General News of Saturday, 26 November 2016

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Election surveys recipe for chaos - Amissah-Arthur

Vice President Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has said pre-election surveys can become basis for electoral violence, if the dynamics are not explained well to party supporters.

He said it is easy for a losing side to become restless after elections, because of the misconception that might have been created in their minds by polls.

The Vice president’s caution comes after some polls have predicted victory for the opposition New Patriotic Party in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections.

Addressing party supporters at Enyan Abaasa in the Central region, Mr Amissah-Arthur urged the electorate to be cautious with electoral polls as Ghana votes on December 7,.

“We have to appeal to our intellectuals. Some of the people are publishing serious opinion polls that are showing some parties that are winning, telling their supporters that if they lose then somebody might have done something wrong.

“That is also undermining the integrity of our elections, so we are appealing to all the people who are behind all these opinion polls to be careful about the country and its stability.

“They may be doing this for people who may not understand it, people who feel they are going to win, and if they don’t win then they become violent. That is something that we are all trying to prevent. To the students I think you have to study the manifestos, the development projects, and all the promises that are being made by the political parties. You have to analyse them and decide which one you can support and which ones are unrealistic.

“In times like this, you have false prophets who are promising several things; you will have to find out who the true prophets are and the false prophets,” he said.