Ghana: High Turnout in Volta Region Increases NDC Chances

Ho — The Volta Region, popularly known and called the "World Bank" of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), once again demonstrated its unflinching support for the party at the weekend, when its registered voters turned out massively in the December 7 general elections.

As a result, the region had registered huge numbers for the NDC, to the extent that the only parliamentary seat won by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) four years ago in the Nkwanta North Constituency was lost, making the Volta region the only region in which the NPP has no MP.

The significance of the 2012 general election in the NDC-dominated region was that the exercise was generally peaceful and free from the technical problems associated with the verification machines, as experienced in other regions , which made the region to escape the agony of recasting votes the second day.

The results of both presidential and parliamentary, which make the Volta region the heart of the ruling party, left other political parties with the task of going back to the drawing board to re-strategize for next electionsin their attempt to penetrate the region.

The results clearly lived up to the region's billing as the "World Bank of the NDC. The South Dayi Constituency recorded 17,253 for the NDC Presidential Candidate, President John Mahama and the Parliamentary Candidate Mr. Edem Asimah had 12,309, the NPP Presidential Candidate had 1,482 and its Parliamentary Candidate, Mr. Freeman Ameyibor registered 1,082.

The CPP Presidential Candidate polled 116 and Parliamentary Candidate, Mr. Clement Kofi Sabon Asare had 3,082; the PPP Presidential Candidate had 288 and Parliamentary Candidate, Mr. Felix Lartey had 3,123. Presidential Candidates of the GCPP had 43, UFP Presidential Candidate had 21, PNC 22 and their parliamentary candidates scored zero all round.

The NDC Presidential Candidate, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, in the Ho Central Constituency had 62,363 as against 5,148 of the NPP Presidential Candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and the NDC Parliamentary Candidate, Mr. Benjamin Kpodo, also had 60,129 whilst other small parties recorded less than400 votes each at the parliamentary level and could not have up to 500 votes each.

The Keta Constituency Presidential result for the NDC registered 34,789, NPP Presidential Candidate had 1,223 and the PPP Presidential Candidate had 148, UFP 12, PNC 14, CPP17, and the independent candidate scoring single 6.

The NDC Parliamentary results in the same Constituency recorded 33,570, NPP had 1,272, PPP had 942, NDP 166 and an independent Candidate also recorded 368.

The Presidential Candidate of the NDC in the Anlo Constituency had 37,698, NPP 1,599, GCPP 85 PPP 597, UFP 12, PNC 25, CPP 24 and independent Presidential Candidate had 48 and the Parliamentary results saw the NDC registering 32,654, NPP 3,599 PPP 1,543, NDP 93 and an independent Candidate had also had 1,940.

The NDC Presidential Candidate in the Kpando Constituency had 21, 759, NPP Presidential Candidate, NPP had 2,267, GCPP 35, PPP 49, UFP 11, PNC 14, CPP 59; the NDC Parliamentary Candidate in the same Constituency had 19,243, NPP 2,307, CPP 110, NDP 190 and an independent Candidate had 2,474 respectively.

In Ketu North Constituency the NDC presidential candidate had 37,761 votes, NPP 5,263, GCPP 185, PPP 162, UFP 34, PNC 71, CPP 110 while the independent Presidential Candidate had 58. The NDC still led in the Parliamentary votes with 33,825, NPP 8,153, PPP 1,040, PNC 140, CPP 553 and the NDP had 211 of the vote cast.

The NDC Presidential Candidate in Ketu South had 81,880; NPP5,165, GCPP 233, PPP 227, UFP 56, PNC 111, CPP 145, the independent Candidate had 8; the NDC in the same Constituency recorded 77,837 in the parliament votes cast, NPP 4,122, PPP 373, CPP 299, NDP 142, YPP 145 and the independent Candidate 3,986.

In The Hohoe Constituency Presidential results, the NDC Candidate recorded 43,301, GCPP had 83, NPP 5,584, UFP 23, PNC 47, CPP 58 and independent had 16. The parliamentary results saw the NDC leading with 40,486, NPP 6,358, PPP 2,462, PNC 193, and CPP 129 respectively.

The Presidential Candidate of the NDC had 22, 033 in the Biakoye Constituency, NPP 6,439, GCPP 99, PPP 94, UFP 15, PNC 29, and CPP 72 and the independent Candidate 15.

In the parliamentary vote in the same Constituency, Mr. Joseph Amenowode of the NDC had 19,714, NPP 9,092 and the CPP also had 297.

One major problem that characterized the general election in the Volta region was the high number of rejected ballots cast particularly in the southern parts of the region; for example the Ketu South Constituency had 2,403 rejected ballots

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