The editor-in-chief at large of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jr, has argued the death of the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Jerry John Rawlings, is not likely to impact on the voting pattern in the 7 December presidential and parliamentary election.
“I guess the demise of the former president, he had a party of course, he was the founder of the NDC, we are aware the relation is not as it used to be, but even though the party’s constitution still recognizes him as the founder of the National Democratic Congress, I am not too sure it will have any impact directly on the outcome of the elections,” the seasoned editor told host of Asaase Breakfast Show, Kojo Mensah, on Friday, 13 November 2020.
He added: “But already you heard suspension of campaigns by the two major political parties; the NDC and NPP, so it has a certain indirect effect on the pre-election situation, where the NDC yesterday (Thursday) through its flagbearer announced the suspension of their campaign in the Ashanti Region… Dr Bawumia also suspended his campaign up North, but as to how it will impact the election, I am unable to speculate.”
Speculations were rife that the demise of Ghana’s longest serving leader may attract sympathy votes for the NDC in the upcoming elections. However, Prof. Ransford Gyampo, a Senior Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, who was on the same programme corroborated Baako Jr’s assertion.
According to him, the relationship between the late president and the party has been frosty over the years hence his demise may not impact heavily on their performance.
“I don’t really think so. If they want to cash in on sympathy votes, I don’t think it will really work because it’s too late. Because for many months or many years the man has not been with them even though he was the founder, so I think the impact could only be limited to the fact that you are no longer going to solicit for votes,” Prof. Gyampo stated.