The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed shock over the New Patriotic Party (NPP) winning a seat in the Volta Region.
The Regional Chairman of the party, Mr John Kwadwo Gyapong, said they had worked very hard to keep the NPP away from the region they considered to be their stronghold but yet the party managed to snatch the Krachi East seat from the incumbent who had occupied the seat for the past 12 years.
Although he said the party lost the seat by a small margin, they could still not fathom what might have gone wrong, adding, “We realised the NPP had good votes in the region. We are surprised at the turn of events. We will do an analysis to ascertain what caused that,” he told journalists during a press briefing in Ho.
The NPP candidate, Mr Michael Yaw Gyato, garnered 14,639 votes to unseat the incumbent NDC MP, Wisdom Gidisu who polled 14,396 votes.
We worked hard
According to him, the NDC had worked hard in the region to achieve its operation one million vote gap agenda but things did not work out as planned, attributing the cause to low turn-out which had characterised the 2016 election.
Mr Gyapong said there was a wrong perception that people in the region failed to come out in their numbers to vote due to apathy, adding that the region’s 60 per cent turnout could be one of the best during the elections.
No Tension in Ho
Unlike some areas where party footsoldiers were blaming and threatening their executive members for losing the election, the NDC headquarters in Ho has remained calm since the results were declared.
The Ho town, especially at the Municipal assembly and the Volta Regional Co-ordinating Council, has also become very quiet with very little activities going on.
No case of violence connected to the outcome of the election has been recorded in Ho.