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Kwasi Pratt: Kumawu by-elections were a significant loss for the NPP

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) won the recent Kumawu by-election, however managing editor of the Insight Newspaper Kwesi Pratt Jr. has opposing views on the matter.

With 15,264 votes, or 70.91% of the total cast in the Kumawu by-election, Ernest Yaw Anim of the NPP won. The NDC candidate received 3,723, or 17.29% of the total cast.

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The first Kwaku Duah, an independent, received 2,478 votes, or 11.51% of the total cast, while the second Kwaku Duah, also an independent, received 62 votes, or 0.29% of the total cast.

When compared to the total number of votes cast in the 2020 election, the NPP lost up to 10,000 votes in this by-election, hence Kwesi Pratt claims that the percentage the NPP received cannot be characterised as a landslide victory.

“I was reading the headlines today, and while they are all referring to the landslide victory, I don’t see one in this election. What about this election is a landslide? According to the study, it is obvious that more than 10,000 persons who participated in the previous election did not participate in this one, and the NPP suffered a significant loss, he stated.

He continued by saying that Kwaku Duah, the third independent candidate on the ballot, was a factor in the NPP’s defeat.

When you look at the statistics, all of the people who chose not to cast a ballot in this election were actually NPP voters by default. If you examine the results of the most recent elections, you will see that both the independent candidate and the victor received support from NPP members. When it happens, we’ll see that we’ve lost more than 10,000 votes. If you are doing trend analysis, it should provide you information about how the NPP fared in this election, he continued. “What is remarkable is that the NDC gained just over 1000 votes.

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