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Frema Osei-Opare: “If 80% of Ashanti Voters Vote for NPP, Results from Other Regions Won’t Matter”


In a statement that has sparked controversy and drawn sharp criticism, Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff to the President of Ghana, has made remarks suggesting that the outcome of elections in the Ashanti Region holds disproportionate weight in determining the overall electoral success of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Hon Frema Osei-Opare’s comments, made during a political gathering in the Ashanti Region, have ignited a debate over electoral dynamics and regional voting patterns in Ghana.”If 80% of Ashanti voters vote for NPP, results from other regions won’t matter,” declared Hon Frema Osei-Opare, highlighting the significant electoral stronghold that the Ashanti Region represents for the NPP.

With a large voter base and a history of overwhelming support for the party, the Ashanti Region has traditionally played a pivotal role in determining the outcome of national elections in Ghana.

Hon Frema Osei-Opare’s remarks underscore the strategic importance of the Ashanti Region to the NPP’s electoral fortunes, as well as the party’s reliance on the region’s support to secure victory at the polls. With elections in Ghana often characterized by regional voting blocs and ethno-political affiliations, the Ashanti Region’s status as a stronghold for the NPP has long been a key factor in shaping electoral outcomes.

The Chief of Staff’s comments have drawn criticism from opposition parties and civil society groups, who argue that they undermine the principles of democracy and plurality by suggesting that certain regions hold more sway in determining election results than others. Critics contend that Hon Frema Osei-Opare’s remarks perpetuate a narrative of regionalism and division, rather than promoting unity and inclusivity in the electoral process.”Every vote counts, “To suggest that results from other regions don’t matter undermines the democratic principles of fairness and representation.”

In response to the backlash, Hon Frema Osei-Opare’s office issued a statement clarifying her remarks, stating that they were taken out of context and misinterpreted.

According to the statement, Hon Frema Osei-Opare was highlighting the importance of the Ashanti Region to the NPP’s electoral strategy, rather than downplaying the significance of votes from other regions.”The Chief of Staff’s comments were not intended to diminish the importance of votes from other regions,” the statement read. ”

She was simply emphasizing the strategic significance of the Ashanti Region to the NPP’s electoral success.”Despite the clarification,Hon Frema  Osei-Opare’s comments have reignited discussions about the role of regionalism in Ghanaian politics and the need for electoral reforms to promote fairness and inclusivity.

With elections in Ghana often characterized by accusations of vote-buying, intimidation, and electoral malpractice, there are calls for measures to strengthen the integrity of the electoral process and ensure that every vote counts.”We need electoral reforms that promote transparency, accountability, and inclusivity,” remarked Ama Ansah, a civil society activist.

“The future of our democracy depends on it.”As Ghana prepares for its next round of elections, Osei-Opare’s comments serve as a reminder of the complex dynamics at play in the country’s political landscape. With regional voting blocs and ethno-political affiliations shaping electoral outcomes, there is a pressing need for dialogue and collaboration to strengthen democratic institutions and safeguard the integrity of the electoral process.

Only through collective action and commitment to democratic principles can Ghana ensure that every citizen’s voice is heard and every vote counts.

story filed by: Nana kwaku Duah


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