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NDC can’t claim majority in parliament – Ben Ephson insists

Pollster and Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper Mr. Benjamin Emmanuel Ephson has said claims by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of winning more Parliamentary seats are not true. 

“From the information available, NDC cannot be leading in Parliament unless there is other information I have no idea of”, Mr Ben Ephson said.

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His statement comes after the NDC, in a series of press conferences, claimed they have won majority seats in Parliament.

NDC flagbearer John Mahama said at one of the press conferences that “We thank the Ghanaian people for the confidence they’ve expressed in us. It’s clear the Ghanaian people want a change in this country. Ghanaians are tired of this Akufo Addo and his government.

“We thank you for giving us the majority in Parliament – 140 seats in Parliament and no attempt should be made to subvert the will of the people – we will resist it.”

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But Ben Ephson in his interview, accepted the fact that “it could be that there is some information the NDC has which I may be ignorant of. But the information I have shows that they lost 34 seats in 2016 and they have take back 38 from the NPP this year.”

He said the NPP, on the other hand, has taken about 10 seats of NDC this year and that does not give NDC majority in Parliament.

“It could be that I am not aware of the basis for their claim, but if the information I have is what it is, then I wonder what they are talking about,” Ben Ephson said.

Meanwhile, Ben Ephson in a survey before the year’s elections predicted that President Akufo-Addo will win with 52.6% and leader of the NDC, John Mahama to come second with 45.7%.

Analysts have said with a margin of error of plus or minus two percent, President Akufo-Addo will still win the 2020 presidential elections.

Currently, provisional results from 258 constituencies out so far places President Akufo-Addo ahead of John Mahama, while certified results from seven our of 16 regions place John Mahama ahead.

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