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With 9 days for Ghanaians to decide who leads them in the next four years, the news media on Friday, 25th November, 2016 were dominated by the following headlines:

The Daily Guide has the headline “6 ballot boxes missing”. According to the story the Western Regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it suspects foul play after six ballot boxes of the Electoral Commission (EC) fell off a truck conveying them to Tarkwa-Nsuaem Constituency. They were meant to be used for the December 7 polls in the constituency. The NPP claimed there could be dire consequences if the six ballot boxes get into the wrong hands on Wednesday, December 7, general elections.

The New Crusading Guide with the caption “Ballot boxes missing … Police investigations underway”. The paper states that, the Electoral Commission (EC) has confirmed that six (6) ballot boxes have gone missing after they allegedly fell off a pickup truck and that the Ghana Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the issue. In a post on its official Facebook page, the EC stated that, “for the six empty boxes that fell off the pickup truck in the Western Region, a report has been made to the police. They will be replaced before by the Commission before election day”.

The Daily Statesman also carries the headline “BNI tells Mahama: People are voting for change … Ephson’s real poll puts Nana 8% ahead of Mahama, but…”. The Daily Statesman can report that the outcome of the latest research conducted by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) on the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections predicts a one-touch victory for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, with a clear NPP majority in parliament. This latest BNI survey is consistent with an earlier one they did, except the high number of undecided voters in the earlier one has dropped considerably.

Daily PostTop IEA/NPP man predicts win for President Mahama”. According to the story Dr. Ransford Gyampo a senior lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Legon has asserted that President Mahama will win the forthcoming elections. Dr. Gyampo  says  his prediction  is based on the  facts that firstly  the NDC knows how to win  elections, secondly, that  it goes  without  saying the main  opposition  party , the  NPP  cannot  win  the  elections  with  Akufo-Addo as their  flagbearer. The  University  don who is also  a Research  Fellow  with  the pro-NPP  think–tank, Institute  of Economic Affair (IEA) and a  self–confessed sympathizer  of the NPP  made  these assertion  while  having  a no-holds  barred conversation with a friend.

 

The Daily Graphic also has the captionNDP launches manifesto”. The National  Democratic  Party  (NDP) has launched  its  manifesto  in Drobo in the  Jaman South District  in the  Brong Ahafo Region amid  joy and goodwill from the  chiefs, people  and the supporters of the party  in the area. The manifesto  launch  drew  residents  of Drobo, Japekrom and adjoining  towns as well  as the  Mmratehene of the area, Nana  Asafoakye John Kwadwo Sekyere, to  the durbar  grounds.

 

The Enquirer has the headline “We’re prepared for the worst – Military assures”. The Chief of Defense Staff, Air Marshall Samson-Oje has issued a stern warning at a media encounter in Accra last Friday. The military capo said the military is fully prepared and on standby with the sister civilian security agencies, especially the police, to counter any group of persons who tend to use the elections as a ground to breach the nation’s peace.       

The Ghanaian Times also carries the headline “127,394 for special voting on December 1 The paper reports that, a total of 127,394 people are expected to cast their vote in 275 constituencies in the special voting exercise on Thursday, December 1. They comprise security personnel, journalist and officials of the electoral Commission (EC). Deputy Chairman of EC in charge of operations, Alhaji Amadu Sulley, told The Ghanaian Times in an interview yesterday after an Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting in Accra.

Special voting list shores up by 13,000 new names” is the headline in Today. According to the story at least 13,000 new names have been added to the special voters list, Electoral commission (EC) has confirmed. Deputy Commissioner in charge of operations, Sulley Amadu, said the new figures was now hovering around 127,934 voters, up from 114,813 list of special voters announced earlier. The new list includes 500 new recruits who just passed out, Amadu added. Speaking on Joy FM’s news analysis program-newsfile, Saturday November 26, Mr. Amadu allayed fears that the EC will provide the political parties the new list of voters before the special voting day.

 

We conclude today’s newspaper review with the headline in TodayGreenstreet blasts Mahama”. According to the story Presidential nominee of the convention people’s party (CPP), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, has criticized President John Dramani for flying a helicopter when he toured the Upper West Region. He questioned why the president flew instead of driving on the deplorable roads in the region he failed to fix. The CPP presidential nominee who was in Sakai in the Sissala East and Pulima in the Sissala West constituencies as part of his campaign tour of the Upper West region lashed out at the president for reneging on his promises. “I am surprised about the state of the roads, why did the president fail to drive to witness the bad roads here; why did he come to Tumu in a helicopter instead of travelling on the bad roads he promised to fix in 2012? “ he fumed.

 

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