Two renowned newspaper editors have openly declared that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will win Friday’s elections one touch.
Celebrated Ghanaian pollster who is also the Managing Editor for the Daily Dispatch, Ben Ephson, on Monday, released a poll which indicated that the 2012 Presidential election is not likely to see a run-off. According to Mr Ephson, his polls which has a 2 percent margin of error, shows that the sitting president will garner enough votes to see him cross over the 50 percent plus one vote line needed to win the elections.
"President John Dramani Mahama is expected to sweep 52.2 percent of the votes while his closest rival, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) will win 44.7 percent of the votes....The remaining 5 parties and the independent presidential candidate are expected to take home 3.1 percent of the total valid votes cas," per Ben Ephson's statistics.
Twenty-four after his assertions, another seasoned journalist, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, editor of the Insight newspaper, categorically stated that the NDC will win Friday’s election one touch.
Speaking to Paul Adom Otchere on Joy FM’s Decision 2012, Mr Pratt also asserted that the ruling party will win eight out of the ten regions as happened in the 2008 elections.
The National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party Jake Obetsebi Lamptey has described Ben Ephson’s poll prediction which puts Nana Akufo Addo behind President Mahama by about eight percent as inaccurate.
According to Mr. Obetsebi Lamptey, Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP are confident of victory in Friday’s polls and is not paying attention to Ben Ephson’s polls.
Ben Ephson’s poll released on Monday indicated that the 2012 Presidential election is not likely to see a run-off as his polls conducted indicated that President John Dramani Mahama is expected to sweep 52.2 percent of the votes while Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will win 44.7 percent of the votes.
But Mr. Obestebi Lamptey in an interview with XYZ News said the figures put out by Mr. Ephson are not exactly what he intended to put out.
“Something went wrong to his type writer or his printer and saw the numbers the other way round” Mr. Obetsebi Lamptey said.
Meanwhile, Ben Ephson in an interview with XYZ News said his track record as a Pollster will vindicate his predictions of a straight victory for President Mahama in Friday’s polls.
According to him, he used the same methods he has been using to conduct his polls since 2000 which have always came out right.
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