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Akuffo Addo Likely To Lose 2020 Polls If… Ben Ephson Predicts

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Ben Ephson has predicted that President Akufo-Addo is likely to lose some 450,000 votes in the December 7 elections if candidates within the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) are disqualified.

According to the pollster, chances of the incumbent NPP winning the 2020 polls will be minimal if the major opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) selects a strong running mate.

He indicated that if the NPP before their upcoming parliamentary primaries, disqualifies or disenfranchises any of the contenders, then most of its supporters would be lost.

This comes on the heels of claims by some members of the NPP in the Ashanti Region that their regional executives are bent on making some incumbent MPs go unopposed.

Speaking on Joy News, Mr. Ephson warned “If they persist in trying to disenfranchise or disqualify contenders and there is a level of apathy… the NPP candidate Akufo-Addo could enter the 2020 elections minus 400 to 450,000 votes. So if a candidate gets disqualified, one will not get up and vote…So these are some of the pitfalls that could affect their chances and voting pattern.

But responding to Mr. Ephson’s comment, the National Organizer of the NPP, Sammi Awuku allayed such fears saying mechanisms have been put in place to ensure all aspirants who are disqualified go through the necessary appeal processes right through to the National level.

“It’s a process and once the person picks nomination forms the person subjects himself to the process of scrutiny. The person also subjected himself to the process of vetting and after vetting if the person doesn’t make it, the person has an option to appeal. Subsequently, after the appeal process, it goes to the National Executive Committee.”

Sammi Awuku further debunked assertions that people are disqualified because they are not favorites of the leaders.

He noted “so it’s not a case of if someone doesn’t like you at the parliamentary vetting committee level you don’t get any opportunity to make it to the next step. In any case, we had people who have gone through the vetting, then subsequently someone appealed that nomination, and then they had to be disqualified. We also had instances of people who were vetted out at the parliamentary vetting committee level but then upon appeal, they were able to be reinstated.”

Source: GhanaFeed

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Ahwoi’s Book Not An Attack On NDC – Manasseh Azure Awuni

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Former journalist at Joy FM, Manasseh Azure Awuni has rubbish the NDC’s claim that Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi’s book is an attack on the party and reduces it chances of winning the 2020 election.

According to Manasseh, the NDC is gradually shifting from those times when the founder’s influence on the party was enormous

He went on to advise the founder of the party, Jerry John Rawlings to publish his memoir instead of always defending himself against other publications.

Below is his full post which he made on Facebook

I fail to see how Prof. Kwamena Ahwoi’s book is an attack on the NDC and its chances in the next election. Former President Rawlings, who’s mainly the subject of “negative” revelations in the book, is no longer central to the success of the NDC.

The NDC is gradually shifting away from the cult system, when the founder’s/founders’ influence was so enormous that it could determine the victory or defeat of the party.

Prof. Ahwoi is an insider. The Ahwoi Brothers have been very influential in the NDC. It doesn’t mean that everything he says is true but writing about the happenings in the Rawlings era is important, especially when Rawlings himself has not written. Those with different accounts should write theirs.

A book on the role of the Ahwoi Brothers in the NDC won’t be bad. And this might push Rawlings to publish his memoir instead of always defending himself against other publications.

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I’m Not Raising Funds On Facebook – Dr. Okoe Boye

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The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye has cautioned the public against any Facebook account or page soliciting for funds in his name.

The Ledzokuku MP says such accounts are frivolous and he has no associations or whatsoever with them.

According to him, he owns only one Facebook page, with the user name, Dr Okoe Boye.

Some of the fake accounts are named Hon Bernard Okoe Boye and Hon Okoe Boye.

The Deputy Minister said any request for funds from these accounts should be ignored and treated with every contempt they deserve.

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Providing Students PASCO Caused High Expectation – Addae-Mensah

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A former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah has blamed the disappointment being expressed by final year SHS students after their WASSCE paper on the provision of past questions by the education ministry to students.

According to him, senior high schools over the years have prepared their students using past questions but the ministry going the extra mile to provide the past questions to all students across the nation heightened expectations among the students.

“Teachers know how to handle students in this situation, the students themselves from time immemorial use past questions…immediately you take this phenomenon out of the hands of the schools and you try and micromanage it from the educational authorities, you create a certain expectation in the students and I believe that something of the sort may have happened.

“If the revision process had been left in the hands of the teachers and the students, maybe this expectation might not have been generated,” Prof. Addae-Mensah said this on Saturday, August 08, on Analyses on Starr FM.

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