President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has posited that the freshly-compiled voters’ register may likely cause the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) to lose in the upcoming December 7, 2020, general elections.
He noted that there was not much difference between the old register that the NPP claimed was bloated and the newly compiled register. Indeed, the difference is barely 200,000.
The old register had a total of 16.8 million voters, while the new register has some 16.96 million voters.
The NPP believes that it stands no chance of confidently winning an election using the old register, and this has been the basis to pressure the Electoral Commission to compile a new register, against all criticisms and warnings.
On Accra-based Citi FM Saturday, Mr. Cudjoe pointed out that the new register shows a significant reduction in voter population in the governing party’s political strongholds, particularly in the Ashanti Region and a conversely significant increases in swing regions, like the Western, Central and Greater Accra Regions.
“I want to now believe that the NPP must move away from this long-held belief that the register was bloated…What has actually happened is that some of their strongholds have either marginally or drastically reduced. Look at Ahafo-Ano and some parts of the Ashanti Region. Anytime the NPP has been in power and actually promoted the conduct of the new register, they lose the election. If anybody has benefitted from this register, it is certainly not the NPP. So if you think it is just numbers that will let you win an election, the data has not borne us out”, Mr. Cudjoe noted.