A Senior Research Fellow of the Kumasi Technical University is projecting at least 57.8 percent with a marginal increase of +9 win for the incumbent Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region, Bernard Antwi Bosiako, in the upcoming elections.
The projection puts a close contender, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, popularly known as COKA, at a disadvantaged position of 36.5 percent with a marginal increase of 3.6 percent.
According to Dr. Smart Sarpong, the opinion polls were conducted in a five-month period from January to May.
During the research, he stated, some 540 delegates, representing 62.4 percent of the over 800 delegates expected to cast their vote Friday, were respondents.
In a press briefing in Kumasi to explain his findings, Dr Sarpong said: “Despite the two major contestants in the race who have been tipped to be the delegates’ favourite out of the five, the research combined the remaining three and puts them at a percentage of 6.2 percent with marginal increase of 1.2.”
Though the NPP Ashanti Region election is slated to come off on Friday, May 27, results of the polls favours incumbent Regional Chairman Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as ‘Chairman Wontumi’.
Addressing the media, Dr Smart explained that the final validation of the data was done on Friday, May 20 and it is likely if contestants up their game and strategize their tactics may make some gains.
Concluding his findings, Dr Smart noted that out of the 540 delegates interviewed across the length and breadth of the Region, almost all of them remarked that their choice is Wontumi over COKA.
“They explain that they believe Wontumi has the agility and strategy to face the NDC in the region to break the eight,” he said.
Digressing a bit from the upcoming regional elections, Dr. Smart added that once he got the delegates to interview, “I took the advantage to also ask them their decision on the national elections. The poll also predicted a win in the Ashanti Region for Justin Koduah, CEO of the Youth Employment Agency, who is seeking to unseat John Boadu for the General Secretary slot.”
By Nana Asenso Mensah|Akoma FM|3news.com|Ghana