Monday, September 22, 2008


A committee set up by the presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to go into the voting patterns in constituencies that the party views as “difficult” and suggest ways to overcome the challenges, has presented its report to him in Kumasi.
Titled "Voting intentions and related matters for selected constituencies", the report covered some constituencies in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Volta, Northern, Eastern, Greater Accra, Western and Central regions.
The committee was tasked among other things to find out why the NPP did not perform creditably in the constituencies and to report to the presidential aspirant, the electorate’s assessment of him as a presidential aspirant.
An organisation, Spanners, Bolts and Nuts, which is incorporated in Europe, sponsored the research.
Present at the presentation last Friday was Dr Mensah Bonsu, Mr J.B. Dankwa, Mr Innocent Ameve, Mr Adjei Kyeremeh and Mr William Morrison, all members of the research team, and Sheikh Mahmoud, who linked the committee to the sponsors of the research project.
Dr Mensah Bonsu later told journalists that the committee, which employed 30 research assistants, captured all the advantages and disadvantages of Nana Akufo-Addo's candidature.
He said the research assistants were given the necessary training before they embarked on their task with the view to producing what he called "as it is and not perception".
He said Nana Akufo-Addo commended the sponsors, field assistants, Sheikh Mahmoud and all others who contributed to make the project a reality.
The report revealed that majority of the respondents preferred Nana Akufo-Addo due to his immense physical ability, which defied his age.
They also identified Nana Akufo-Addo’s relationship with the ordinary people, political maturity and forward-looking plans for the nation.
Speaking to journalists just before he left Kumasi for Accra en route to his base in Europe, Sheikh Mahmoud said he decided to link up the project with the sponsors because of the growth of Ghana's democracy.
He said other organisations and groups in the country were receiving similar support from organisations all over the world with the view
to advancing Ghana's democratic process.

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