The main political opposition party has parted itself in the back for the votes it garnered in the just-ended Kumawu by-election in the Ashanti Region.
According to the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the electoral dynamics in the stronghold of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) have changed.
The Acting Director of Elections, Mr Daniel Amartey, said the dynamics seem to favour the NDC in Kumawu going into the 2024 general elections.
Mr Amartey was commenting on the party’s spirited performance in the Kumawu by-elections while on an interview with Odeyeeba Kofi Essuman, the host of Ghana Yensom morning show on Accra 100.5 FM on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.
He recalled that in the previous elections, the NDC was recording single digits in 25 polling stations in the Kumawu Constituency.
The NDC did not record any single digit in the Tuesday, May 23, 2023 by-elections.
He explained that the dynamics have changed due to the branch auditing that was embarked on by the national leadership of the party in the Ashanti Region.
“Some polling stations hitherto were recording three votes after elections [on Tuesday] they recorded 13 votes,” he observed.
“In certain polling stations, we had 15 votes, a clear indication the party’s strategy to get branch executives living in the area has worked,” he said. “We hope to have the same trends in all 47 constituencies in the region.”
He added that the NDC will map out some strategies to consolidate the gains it had made in the by-elections.
In the Ashanti region, the NDC used to have branch executives who do not live in their branch areas and hence were not voting for the party at their polling stations.