Emmanuel Agyarko

A group calling itself Democracy Forum Ghana (DFG) has embarked on a series of research and opinion polls in the 117 polling stations in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.

The year-long survey and research puts Emmanuel Agyarko, the NPP?s parliamentary candidate for the area as the likely choice of the people come Friday when the country goes to the polls to elect a president and parliamentary candidates.

It indicated that Mr. Agyarko would win by 54.23% as against the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Awuah-Darko who is anticipated to secure 39.46% with the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) candidate likely to get 3.41%. The rest of the candidates are expected to share the remaining 4%.

Senior research analyst at DFG, Theophilus Agbenyega said the methodology used for the poll was to the sample views and opinions of over 10,000 people representing 12% of the total registered voters in the constituency.

?The polls which were completed on Sunday December 2, 2012 took into account the total number of polling stations in the constituency and people were sampled from all of these areas.?  

On the presidential polls, the report tipped the NPP?s Nana   Akufo-Addo to win by 53% as against incumbent President Mahama who has been projected to poll 43% with the rest of the votes likely to be shared by the other parties.

The report indicated the NPP was popular on the Legon campus of the University of Ghana as most students do not trust President Mahama suggesting that ?the NDC government cannot boast of any achievement in their four year leadership of the country? and that ?they are yet to hear a single policy direction of the NDC government that is seeking re-election after a disappointing term of office.?

These revelations come a day to the elections.

Mr. Agbyenyega said they had to wait till this time to release the results of the polls to complete the survey in the entire Greater Accra region.

It suggests the NPP parliamentary candidate and its presidential candidate have both taken the lead as most people sampled expressed disappointment at the reckless dissipation of state resources by the NDC government.  

When asked why they will vote NPP, respondents were reported to have said that during the time of the NPP government, they saw transformation in their lives with some saying Mr. Agyarko was visible compared to the NDC candidate whom they do not know. 

?Most of the people sampled were particularly unhappy with the NDC?s handling of the Woyome fraud issue, the distribution of Hyundai i10 cars to young ladies on the Legon campus and the culture of impunity that had characterized the NDC government.?

When DAILY GUIDE contacted Mr. Agyarko?s campaign team members for their comments about the survey results, they stated that they were not resting on their oars, adding the right polls will be held on December 7.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu


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