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Politics of Tuesday, 20 June 2017


NDC didn’t see 2016 defeat coming – Kofi Adams

The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, has stated that the party did not envisage losing the 2016 election. President Akufo-Addo garnered 5, 716, 609 votes, representing 53.84 percent to snatch the presidency from former president John Mahama who secured 4,713,277 votes, representing 44.40 percent.

The NDC also lost more than 40 parliamentary seats to the NPP, which gave the latter majority in Parliament. Akufo-Addo won the election after a third term bid.

Speaking Tuesday June 20, 2017 on Morning Starr in the wake of the submission of a 455-page report by the 13-member committee set up by the NDC to conduct a comprehensive review of its “planning, execution and outcomes” of the campaign and participation in the election, Mr. Adams said the defeat was never expected.

“No. no. We thought that we have done so well. We thought that the campaign went very well. We thought that we have reached out to many persons. As a government, the government was on course and very truthful to the people,” he told Morning Starr host Francis Abban.

Meanwhile, the 13-member committee report captures a series of diagnosis from members of the NDC nationwide on why it lost the 2016 polls. Although details of the report remain largely unknown, snippets of its recommendations leaked to the media pointed to a disconnect between the party and its grassroots, urging reconnection.

Also, it recommended that a healing tour be embarked on by credible and eminent persons within the party.

The party is expected to meet today [Tuesday June 20, 2017] to deliberate on the modalities that will guide the implementation of the committee’s recommendations.

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