General News of Tue, 17 Apr 201817
CDD election claims bogus – Kofi Adams
National Organizer of the opposition National Democratic Congress [NDC], Kofi Adams, has rebuffed the results of a survey conducted by the Centre for Democratic Development [CDD], which stated that only 20 percent of persons sampled would vote for the NDC’s candidate if elections were held now.
49 percent of respondents stated that they would vote for the candidate of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), while five percent said they would not vote at all
Kofi Adams explained that, the reports by the CDD over the years have consistently been skewed to favour the NPP leading to the NDC cutting ties with the policy think tank about 15 years ago.
He added that despite repeatedly unfavourable findings from the CDD on the NDC’s prospects ahead of multiple general elections, the party has gone on to win two separate presidential polls.
“In 2003, because of the biased nature of CDD, the NDC severed relations with them. That was when Dr. Obed Asamoah was Chairman. We have since not renewed our relationship with them because they have been very biased. NEC approved that decision, it was reported at Congress and Congress okayed it and since then we haven’t changed that decision,” he said on Accra based FM on Monday.
“People should know the biases [of the CDD], it’s not a today thing. It’s something they have consistently done. We have won two elections even after all the things they have said against us, that we will never win an election. This is not the first time institutions or people have made such comments about the NDC and we have proven all of them wrong.”
The report also stated that 36 percent of the respondents “felt close” to the NPP, while only 18 percent shared those sentiments with the NDC.
This, Mr. Adams believes was a further indication of the unreliability of the results of the survey as many of the people queried had NPP leanings.
“When you read further, you’ll realise that this is a survey that has been done factoring and considering a lot more NPP persons than otherwise opposed to the NPP. If you read the report that was quoted to me, it says 39% of the respondents said they are disposed towards the NPP and only 18% said they are disposed towards the NDC,” he added.