The National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi, says the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) must be worried heading into the 2024 general elections due to the high voter apathy it suffered in the Kumawu by-election.
He mentioned that the NDC increased its votes by 1,284, while the NPP only managed an increase of 304 votes.
In a Facebook post after Tuesday’s by-elections, Sammy Gyamfi said the NPP’s high voter apathy could potentially have an impact on the 2024 presidential polls.
“Folks, in the 2020 general elections, the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for the Kumawu Constituency got 2,439 votes representing 8.3% of valid votes, per the Electoral Commission’s certified results.
However, in the just-ended Kumawu by-election, the results declared by the EC show that the Parliamentary Candidate for the NDC got 3,723 votes representing 17.29%. What this means in nominal terms is that the NDC has increased its parliamentary votes by 1,284”.
The NDC communicator said, It is instructive to note, that in the 2020 general elections, the NPP’s Parliamentary candidate for the Kumawu Constituency had 14,960 votes representing 51.11% of valid votes, while the independent candidate from the NPP’s fold had 11,698 votes representing 39.96% of valid votes.
Interestingly, in the just-ended by-election, the NPP candidate had 15,264 votes while the independent candidate garnered only 2,478.
What this means in nominal terms is that, after all the unprecedented vote buying we witnessed in Kumawu, the NPP managed to increase their votes by a paltry 304, while about 8,000 voters who voted for the independent candidate from the NPP’s fold in 2020, decided not to vote in the by-election at all (assuming they are real human beings).
The NPP’s Mr. Ernest Anim received 15,264 votes, whereas the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Kwesi Amankwah, received 3,723 votes.