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General News of Friday, 6 December 2019

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Neither NPP nor NDC would win one touch – Afrobarometer report

A latest Afrobarometer survey has found that neither the governing NPP nor the biggest opposition party, the NDC would secure a first-round victory should elections be held today.

This means Presidential candidates of both parties -- John Mahama for the NDC and most likely, President Nana Akufo-Addo for the NPP -- would amass just 50 per cent or less votes.

Per Article 63/3 of the Constitution, a candidate running for the highest office in Ghana should secure more than 50 per cent of valid votes cast.

However, with just 368 days to the 2020 general elections, both parties, who have alternated power since the start of the Fourth Republic, have failed to concede the report should worry them.

Reacting to the findings on Joy FM’s Top Story programme Thursday, National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi said the report is a plus for his party.

He said should the survey be the base for any analysis, it means the 2020 elections would go into a run-off.

“And you know since the start of the Fourth Republic [26 years ago] the incumbent has never won an election in a run-off,” the young lawyer said.

He is confident the Centre for Democratic Development’s (CDD) findings in the report is good news for the opposition NDC, stressing their own polls have shown that the NDC would emerge victorious.

Meanwhile, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah also insisted the government has nothing to worry about.

He demanded that the full report be released for perusal.