GHANA ELECTIONS 2016 DAILY NEWS MEDIA REVIEW – 14TH DECEMBER, 2016
Barely a week after the December 7 polls, issues of post-election violence in certain areas of the country between the supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the assurance by the police to protect lives dominated the headlines of various news media for today.
The Daily Graphic carries the headline “We are in control – Police assure public”. According to the story the director-general of operations of Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr. Christian Tetteh Yohuno, says the police are in firm control to deal with the lawlessness by a section of society after the declaration of results of December 7 general elections by the Electoral Commission(EC). He said after the reports of attacks on people and destruction of properties countrywide reached the police, “immediately the inspector general of police directed that we send a wireless message to all regional commanders countrywide for them to get to know the trends of events”.
The Ghanaian Times also has the headline “I’ll fulfill my promise-president elect has assured nation”. The paper reports that, President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured the nation of fulfilling the promises he made during his campaign ahead of the general elections. He said he was determined to change fortunes of the country, create jobs and bring prosperity to all Ghanaians.
“Foot soldiers chase NDC for campaign cash” is also the headline in the Chronicle. According to the story the National Democratic Congress (NDC) foot soldiers in the Ashanti Region are pursuing members of the regional campaign team to refund huge sum of money sent to them to campaign for the December 7 elections. The party has targeted 1.5 million votes but ended up not getting even 40%of it. The foot soldiers are now blaming those who were assigning the responsibility of prosecuting the agenda of the party of disappointed them.
The Ghanaian Observer has the caption “Cracks in NDC deepens over heavy electoral defeat”. According to the paper the internal strife within the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) following its record of electoral defeat in the last weeks presidential and parliamentary polls by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by Nana Akufo-Addo is far from over as leading members of the party gear up for a showdown. Leading the attack is maverick NDC activist and former Ejisu Juabeng MCE, Afrifa Yamoah Ponko, who says the National Coordinator of the party’s 2016 campaign, Kofi Adams must be killed for the party’s defeat.
The Daily Guide carries the headline “Fight breaks out in NDC over shock defeat”. The National Democratic Congress (NDC) appears to be overwhelmed with internal strife over the party’s humiliation defeat in the Wednesday December 7, 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections. Since the defeat which may probably felt after the party has handed over power for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on January 7, 2017. Things have not been the same with activists of the NDC going after their leaders for supervising the defeat.
We conclude today’s newspaper review with the headline in the Daily Post “Handing over notes ready – Hannah Tetteh”. According to the paper the spokesperson for the government’s Transition Team says the handing over notes from each Ministry that is to be incoming administration are ready. In press statement released Tuesday and signed by Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, she stressed that the notes “indeed were prepared before the elections were held on the December 7.’’