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We told you so!

By Augustine Cobba-Biney and James Harry Obeng

 

 Most opinion polls conducted on last Sunday’s presidential election pointed to a one-touch victory either for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) or the National Democratic Congress (NDC). The Spectator, on its part, begged to differ based on the paper’s own findings after a painstaking survey. It accordingly predicted a run-off between Nana Akufo Addo and Professor Evans Atta Mills.

 

 “Shocker! Kwesi Nduom Spoils the Soup” was how the paper screamed out the banner headline. And Kwesi Nduom could have done worse with the broth if he had put out a better show.

 

The Spectator stated it categorically that there will be a run-off in the presidential election due to the “strong revival, if not rebirth, of the once seemingly dormant Convention People’s Party (CPP).”

 

The paper’s stand, premised on an opinion poll it conducted a fortnight to the day of the election (Sunday, December 7) declared an inevitable run-off between the NPP and the NDC.

 

The survey which randomly sampled respondents monitored the pre-election atmosphere in eight regional capitals of the country, excluding the Ashanti and Volta regions for their constant solidarity for the NPP and the NDC, respectively.

 

Subsequently, respondents were asked two straightforward questions from which deductions were arrived at; first “Is there any possibility for a second round?” and second “which political party has the greatest chance of winning the presidency?”

 

Whereas some respondents were evasive in responding to the later question and giving reasons to explain their points, a greater number of them also answered the former with the unbridled conviction that there would be a re-run of the presidential contest between Nana Akufo-Addo and Prof. Atta Mills.

 

This, the respondents opined, was to come to fruition because the CPP, unlike previously, is now dynamic and was poised to sweep votes from the folds of the NPP and NDC, to establish itself as a third force.

 

The paper prophesied that the election would be highly competitive for the two leading parties that would make it difficult for any to emerge victorious after Sunday.

 

Stay tuned for The Spectator as she attempts yet another survey to predict which presidential aspirant will win among the NDC and NPP after December 28, this year.

    

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December 12, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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