General News of Sun, 15 Jan 201711
PPP to investigate poor election performance
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has announced plans to investigate its poor performance in the just ended elections. The party is disappointed it polled only 1% of the total valid votes cast in the recently held national.
Kofi Asamoah Siaw, the policy advisor of the party in a Citi News interview said, the PPP will hire an external consultant to look into the party’s performance in the December polls. He said, they will ascertain the quality of their campaign message among other things to arrive at the cause of their loss.
“This is something the nation committee has agreed on that we need to do, and to find out our own policy propositions if they are acceptable by Ghanains and why Ghanaians decided that even though they voted for change, all of these 6 million voters decided to one side to vote for the NPP and Nana Akufo-Addo, there should be a reason,” he said. He added that, “We need to break that jinx by getting beyond 1% and getting members elected into Parliament.
Maybe we have exhausted our ability to think through and find the solution.
Let someone from outside see what we can do and based on his advice and recommendation, we’ll devise a strategy for 2020.” Mr Asamoah Siaw said although the party can internally assess its performance in the elections and devise strategies to perform better in the next elections, it would prefer to use external consultants to avoid biases. ‘PPP election history’ The PPP came third in the just ended election behind the winning New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The party made it second appearance in the political race in the 2016 elections after first contesting in 2012. Its founder, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has been the flagbearer on both occasions but has failed to poll a significant number of votes although its 2016 performance was better than that of 2016.
It is unclear who the party will present as its presidential candidate in the 2020 elections as some have suggested that the 63-year-old leader of the party will not contest in any national election again.