Ejisu by-election results bode poorly for NPP in 2024 elections – Asante Otchere

Policy for Friday, May 3, 2024



Dr Jonathan Asante Otchere Dr Jonathan Asante Otchere

Political analyst Dr Jonathan Asante Otchere says the narrow gap between the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate, Kwabena Boateng, who won the just concluded Ejisu by-election, and Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, the independent candidate, is a very bad omen for the PNP in the 2024 elections.

The PNP retained the Ejisu parliamentary seat in the by-election held on 30 April 2024, after candidate Kwabena Boateng obtained 27,782 votes, representing 55.79%.

His closest challenger, Kwabena Owusu Aduomi, a former Member of Parliament for the area who stood as an independent candidate, polled 21,536 votes, representing 43.24%.

Commenting further in an interview on Ghana Kasa on Kasapa 102.5FM on Thursday, Dr Asante Otchere said the inability of the NPP to widen the voting margin between its candidate and the independent candidate despite the well-oiled government machinery on the ground during the elections shows that the party is living in dangerous times.

“The narrow gap between the winner, Kwabena Boateng, and Aduomi, the independent candidate, bodes very badly for the NPP in the 2024 elections. I say this because this is the stronghold of the party. Once again, the huge amount of money that was shared to influence voters to vote for the party is condemnable. Look at all the government machinery that was present in Ejisu just to fight with the independent candidate. So, he tells you that this individual is very solid on the ground and also that the voter apathy in the Ashanti region is real.”

The senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast added: “Ask yourself: the more than 21,000 people who voted for Aduomi, where will their votes go in the December 7 general election in presidential terms? It was only 41.9% attendance, so we have more than 50% who did not go to vote. “The PNP is living in dangerous times.”