A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and a former Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah says the recent poll predicting victory for Nana Akufo-Addo in the December 7 election is unrealistic.
According to him, alternative polls have put the NDC ahead of the NPP in the December polls.
Per the survey by the Political Science department of the University of Ghana, 51.7 percent of respondents said they will vote for the incumbent President Akufo-Addo while 40.4 percent opted for the flag bearer of the NDC, John Mahama.
But speaking to Citi News, Mr. Mensah said the outcome of the survey is not credible.
“It is quite obvious that the reality will be completely different. It is entirely one’s option to tickle oneself and laugh. I see this particular survey as a bogus one and I say that without hesitation at all. The observation on the grounds is completely different.”
“I am privy to more surveys that have provided more meaningful and realistic predictions. Those surveys rightly indicating the situation on the ground is a true reflection of the outcome on December 7 and it is purely putting the NDC above the NPP,” he said.
According to the UG Political Science Department, the survey sampled 11,000 respondents nationwide for the survey.
The researchers say 80 percent of the respondents said they will vote based on the campaign message.
Out of the number, 52.5 percent said they will vote for Nana Akufo-Addo, while 40. 9% said they will vote for John Mahama.
About 3.7 percent of Ghanaians are still undecided, according to the survey.
Survey by UG’s Political Science Department fabricated – NDC
The NDC rubbished the survey with its National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, saying the lecturers fabricated the report.
“Some few people were influenced by NPP politicians. They sat in the confines of their offices and generated a report which is what has been released. That is the information we have,” Mr. Gyamfi claimed.
Aside from the allegations, the NDC also said results of the poll cannot portend the results of the upcoming election.
“Assuming without admitting that this poll was authentic and well done, it’s just a poll. Even if what they have done is a good research job, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will come to pass because polls are not sacrosanct.”