Managing Editor and pollster, Ben Ephson says if the New Patriotic Party should circumvent the processes of its primaries and handpick parliamentary candidates it will lose not less than 400,000 votes in the upcoming general elections.
According to him, voter apathy will set in if parliamentary candidates are imposed on voters especially in their strongholds.
Mr. Epshon asserted in an interview that the party has decided against all odds to select parliamentary candidates for the 2020 polls due to the impact of the coronavirus which has infected 5,735 people in Ghana and killed 29 others.
He warned that such a move will spell disaster for the party if it goes ahead with such plans warning it will create pain and bitterness among the voters.
“They (NPP) have made the attempt to protect some sitting MPs,” Mr. Ephson said.
“That idea, even before COVID-19 surfaced, they had been trying to protect some sitting MPs and trying to disqualify others.”
“There were statements that in view of COVID-19 they could decide to hand-pick parliamentary candidates for the various constituencies. If they did Nana Akufo-Addo could go into the 2020 elections minus at least 400,000 votes. That is if they decide to avoid elections during their primaries,” he stated.
Reacting to the question of how he arrived at that conclusion, he explained: “the two main parties have 110 seats which are safe for them. The NPP safe seats are quite a bit populated and in 2016 they won an average of 11,500 to 13,800 in those 110 seats.”
“Now, trying to protect the MPs you are going to disenfranchise others. In 2008 that happened and they paid dearly for it with apathy.”
“NDC paid dearly for apathy at the grassroots because the government was distanced from the party.”
“Now even if the 110 seats they decide to handpick, and 4,000 per constituency decides not to go and vote because they know that they have almost won by 11,000, you are talking about 4,000 votes per constituency, times 100, that will give you 400,000 votes.”