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Columnist: Jackson, Margaret

Nana Akufo-Addo Protects His Votes In Ashanti Region

By Margaret Jackson

August 20, 2013

Ashanti Region, the most populous, has been the bogey region to every political party save the NPP. That is their political “World Bank”. Therefore without hindsight you can always say that if the NPP is contesting in Ashanti Region, it would win all things being equal.

If you shine your eyes on what happened during the 2012 Presidential Elections in the Ashanti Region and how Nana Akufo-Addo is protecting the votes in that region, you will be compelled to side with the claim by the respondents that he is involved in selective justice.

Ashanti Region commands the largest number of polling stations totalling 4,290. But Nana Akufo-Addo is challenging only 618 (14.4%) of those polling stations in court.

It may interest you to note that out of the 618 stations being challenged by Nana Akufo-Addo, President Mahama won 526 (85.1%) of them while he won only 92 (14.9%). But most of the stations in Ashanti Region that Akufo-Addo did not touch have the same basic problems of unsigned pink sheets and duplicate serial numbers on pink sheets.

We have ten constituencies which President Mahama got a lot of votes from being contested by Akufo-Addo. They are Asawase (40,023), Ofirikrom (16,966), Ejura Sekyeredumase (15,462), New Edubiase (14,109), Kwabre East (11,279), Adansi Asokwa (11,118), Ahafo Ano North (10,879), Ofinso South (10,488), Asante Akim South (9,366) and Old Tafo (8,094).