2012 Polls: Too Close to Call-Pollster
9/20/2012 12:09:45 AM -
Contrary to the recent opinion poll findings by research outfit, Synovate Ghana, stating that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will still be the government in power if elections were held today, pollster Ben Ephson Jr., thinks otherwise.
According to the celebrated pollster and managing editor of the Daily Dispatch newspaper, results for the crucial upcoming December election is too close to call.
'I don't think so, we will have to wait until first or second week of November to be able to categorically state which party is most likely to carry the day', Mr. Ben Ephson told Radio Gold morning show host, Alhassan Suyini, in response to whether it is clear by now, which party will be victorious in the December polls.
According to a Synovate poll released early this month, the NDC will secure the highest number of total votes cast, 34.2% with the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) following closely with 31.8%.
The results also pegs the Convention People's Party at 3.6%, trailing the Progressive People's Party (PPP) led by Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, who the survey indicates will manage 5.3% of the votes.
The People's National Convention (PNC) secured only 1.9% with the other parties obtaining less than one per cent of the vote.
But pollster Ben Ephson, yesterday on radio Gold told Alhassan Suyini that it is too early to predict a winner in the December election insisting; that will only become clearer by the middle of November.
He also stated that both the ruling National Democratic Congress and the largest opposition New Patriotic Party will have to very much largely, employ the services of Information, Communication Technology (ICT), if either of the two is to make a headway.
Mr. Ephson also downplayed the effect the selection of Vice-president Amissah Arthur as running mate to John Mahama for the 2012 polls would have over the people of the Central region, saying the people of Central region don't vote on tribal lines.
'Let the NDC tickle themselves and laugh if they think Amissah Arthur's selection will deliver to them Central region, the people don't vote on tribal lines, that is why late president Mills lost in Central in 2000 and 2004'.
On the possibility of former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings contesting as flagbearer on the ticket of the newly licensed National Democratic Party (NDP), Mr. Ben Ephson Jr says, that will make victory for the NDC easier.
According to the renowned pollster, it will be a blessing in disguise for the NDC if Nana Konadu, who is also the wife of NDC founder, Jerry Rawlings leads the NDP into the December elections.
'We are doing some work and I believe that the NDC should pray that Nana Konadu becomes the flagbearer of the NDP, it will be a blessing in disguise for the NDC', Mr. Ephson told Alhassan Suyini.