Stop beating war drums; invest in polling agents – Ben Ephson to NDC

Ben Ephson, the pollster has charged political parties to invest more in training polling station agents to effectively monitor elections.

His advice follows Tuesday’s comment by the former president John Mahama that the 2024 election will be a “do-or-die affair” at the polling stations.

Speaking to Beatrice Adu on The Big Bulletin, Ephson said: “If you are a political party and you go and take a half-educated human being who has no link to your party and you tell the person I will give you GHS200 to be my polling station agent

“You give him a GHS100 and tell him that at the end of the day, you will bring him an extra GHS100,  at 2:30pm your opponent at the polling station gives him double what you promised him and they ask him to sign the pink sheet and leave before voting ends and he does it, why will you be crying?”

Ephson added: “That is what they do, so you don’t need to kill anybody, you just need to train 50,000 …if it’s 45000 polling stations, 5,000 on standby.”

Meanwhile, security analyst, Muqtaru Mumuni Muqthar has charged the political parties to preach peace ahead of the election.

“Thank you” tour

Mahama is currently embarking on the second phase of his nationwide tour to thank Ghanaians for their support and votes in the December 2020 election.

The one-week tour (7-13 September) will take him to the Bono East, Bono, Ahafo, Western North and Ashanti Regions.

The former president will meet with religious and traditional leaders, engage members, supporters and sympathisers of the NDC, and also interact with the media.

Joining him on the tour are his 2020 running mate, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, the former chief of staff Julius Debrah, national, regional and constituency executives of the NDC, and a number of former appointees.

The first phase of his tour took him to the five regions of Northern Ghana last month.

Fred Dzakpata

Asaase Radio 99.5