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Ghana Elections 2012 Daily Newspaper Review – 3rd December, 2012

The Ghanaian media this morning is saturated with election related news as Ghanaians go to polls in just 3 days time to elect a President. State owned Ghanaian Times leads with Elections not war - says president - "This year's election is not a war, but a contest of idea on the best way to develop our country. Its therefore need not degenerate in to a conflict,” says President John Mahama. He made the statement against the backdrop of pockets of violence in part of the Eastern and the Ashanti Regions, and reiterated that the NDC stands for peace and would therefore not do anything to compromise national stability.

From the Daily Dispatch, Ben Ephson Opinion Polls reveals; Mahama to win one touch with 52.2%; Nana 44.7% and others -3.1%.The opinion polls for the 2012 Presidential elections are as follows:

1. John Mahama (NDC) - 52.2%

2. Nana Akufo -Addo (NPP) - 44.7%

[Abu Sakara (CPP), Kwesi Nduom (PPP), Hassan Ayariga (PNC), Henry Lartey (GCPP), Jacob Osei Yeboah (IND), Akwasi Addai (UFP)] – 3.1%

As Campaigning for the December 7 general elections enters home stretch, Daily Guide  headline Nana leads in US Polls has sighted an opinion poll conducted by a US-based polling organization, Geolink Partners Incorporated, which states that the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will be Ghana’s President come January 7, 2013. The survey, conducted from November 18-25, among 2,711 likely Ghanaian voters, revealed a close race between the two major political parties in Ghana. The NPP candidate obtained a little over 50 % whilst the President John Mahama obtained 48%.Again the story is echoed by the New Statesman -Akufo-Addo to Win Friday Polls ,explaining that, a US – based Professor of Statistics says going by elections 1992 to 2008, it is possible for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, to win the Friday’s presidential polls first round, but that will not be possible for President John Dramani Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress. Using statistical modeling, Prof Adu Bonna predicts: “currently, given what we know from the past, Nana Akufo-Addo of NPP may win between 45.56% and 54.56% of the total votes whereas President John Mahama of the NDC may win between 42.64% and 48.82% of the votes.

 

Another dominating theme in the papers this morning is about the EC, the Daily Graphic’s reports that EC Complies with Order- Register Voters in 4 Electoral Areas. The Electoral Commission (EC) will, from today to Wednesday, December 5, 2012, register prospective voters in four electoral areas in the Kassena-Nankana East District in the Upper East Region for the December 7 election. The decision is in line with an order by the Accra Fast Track High Court last Friday, November 30, 2012 for the EC to conduct biometric voters’ registration in the Gayingo, Doba, Akunikongo/Abemtingo and Atosale/Azaasi electoral areas by December 5, this year, or face the wrath of the court. The New Statesman also captured Biometric Registration Begins in Kasena – Nankana District.

Moving on to Security, the former IGP has called on the EC and security agencies to Ban Motorbikes on Election Day-Daily Graphic. A former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. P.K. Acheampong, has called for the total ban on the movement of all motorcycles on Election Day. He said the display and behavior of motorbike riders during political rallies were clear indications that they might misbehave or create problems during the elections.


Still on security, the Chronicle reports that  Security Forces ready for ballot box snatchers .The security forces in the Ashanti Region have declared their battle readiness to deal with all forms of electoral violence as well as other unscrupulous elements that may attempt to disrupt the upcoming elections. They said, they have made adequate preparations towards ensuring that voters, who will cast their votes on the day, would do so under maximum security and without fear or intimidation. The personnel declared that they were particularly ready for anyone or group of persons who would attempt to steal ballot boxes or engage in any illegal acts that would compromise the integrity of the elections.

From the Daily Graphic Akufo-Addo Challenges Prez Mahama on Peaceful Polls saying “I will not want a single drop of Ghanaian blood to drip out because I want to be a President of Ghana. It will not come from me,” Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP presidential candidate, has stated. He has also challenged President John Dramani Mahama, as the Executive President who heads all the security agencies, to also go a step further beyond the usual rhetoric and ensure that the impunity that is gripping the electioneering process is brought to a halt.

Staying with Nana, the Ghanaian Times  quotes I'm against bloodshed, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reiterated his commitment to ensure the peace, stressing he would not be the source of electoral violence in Ghana. He said violence in whatever form is an impediment to freedom and national progress, as such, he would not ride in bloodshed to the presidency

 

Again on peaceful elections, a headline from the Daily Graphic reads Ghanaians Hail Peace Accord with Reservations. A number of Ghanaians have lauded the Kumasi Peace Pact signed by flag bearers of the eight political parties contesting the general election and expressed confidence that the polls will pass off peacefully. They, however, said the expression on intent and the signing of a peace pact were not guarantees for peace unless the leaders of the parties took prompt and decisive measures to control their supporters.


Finally in this morning review of the dallies, the New Statesman headlines that,
CODEO Devices Method for Elections. As the December 7 elections approach, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers says it has put in place a mechanism known as the ‘Parallel Vote Tabulation’ methodology, which would enable civil society groups to independently analyze the integrity of voting and counting processes. Speaking at an interactive sessions with some media personnel Thursday at the Centre For Democratic Development - Ghana Secretariat, the CODEO Election 2012 project manager, Franklin Oduro, explained that the PVT would be used to verify the accuracy of the official election results declared by election management bodies.

This daily news review is compiled by African Elections Project (AEP) Media Monitoring Centre, Accra, Ghana. Follows us on twitter @Ghanaelections and like our facebook page Ghana Votes

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