Strong Swing to Mahama in Western region 45


There are fairly uniform swings to John Mahama all over the Western region:

Suaman 4.7% to NDC
Essikadu/Ketan 3.1% to NDC
Takoradi 1.9% to NDC
Sekondi 4.5% to NDC
Shama 2.5% to NDC

It looks like Mahama’s powerful showing in the West and the North might get him home, unless Akuffo-Addo performs very well in Accra. But not much evidence in from Accra yet.


45 thoughts on “Strong Swing to Mahama in Western region

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  • Heretic

    Craig,

    I see that you are rattled, the thing is you have put yourself in this position.

    I’ll be generous and say perhaps you are not a willing tool of Western imperialism but are simply ignorant of how it may be using you for it’s own ends, i.e. by blindly promoting both candidates and the process in what is clearly a Western ‘style’ election, fully supported materially and ideologically by the UK and US.

    Perhaps all those old friends and acquaintances from the office are simply taking advantage of your gul.. good nature.

  • Heretic

    I have not lied. Anything I have said is either a fact or an opinion. Show me one single lie. If you disagree with an opinion that’s fine but I’m not a liar.

    I haven’t risen to the bait of insults and instead have been diligently asking you to clarify the reason for your blind support for Ghanaian ‘democracy’ and the candidates. As you have failed to address any of my reservation I can only draw the fact based conclusions that I have

    I am not interested in defending myself because that is your job on this blog and you are failing. Don’t blame me for that.

  • Venecremos

    I have been searching for info about Friday’s huge demonstrations in Cairo and can find little or nothing in terms of info, footage or photos in the Guardian, Indy, AJE, PressTV, RT, al Ahram. There appears to be a conspiracy of silence in the Western, Russian, Iranian and Middle Eastern English language media. Why are they playing this down? What are they afraid of?

    I had to go to the Trotskyist left news sites to get any detail. Here is an interesting article on the the complexities of the movement that is developing against the regime on the Socialist Worker site:

    http://socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=30176

    And here is an article on the Trotskyist World Socialist Website:

    http://wsws.org/articles/2012/dec2012/egyp-d08.shtml

    EXTRACT from it:

    Hundreds of thousands of workers and youth defied a protest ban in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, and marched to the Ittihadeya Presidential Palace. Protesters broke through barbed wire barricades and concrete walls erected by the army in the streets leading to the palace. They chanted “Oh army, oh army, you are the right hand of the Brotherhood, you are cowards”, “Down with military rule”, and “Down, down Mohamed Mursi.”

    Thwarting Mursi’s attempt to crush further protests at his palace, protesters passed through rows of soldiers and tanks stationed around the building. They surrounded the palace, chanting: “Revolution is back again.” In scenes recalling the early days of the Egyptian Revolution and the initial working-class uprising against President Hosni Mubarak, demonstrators climbed on tanks and sprayed slogans on armored vehicles.

    Hundreds of protesters marched to the Heliopolis Court, demanding the release of workers and youth detained since the brutal crackdown on Wednesday night, when the MB’s Islamist militias arrested and tortured protesters in collaboration with the police.

  • Venecremos

    And I received this email yesterday from the Trotskyist Socialist Party:

    Egypt: solidarity appeal

    Demand the immediate release of Ramy Sabry and all activists

    Read online here…

    Email the Egyptian Embassy in London: [email protected] and [email protected], and cc to [email protected]

    The Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI – international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated) strongly condemns the organised killing of the Leftist journalist Al Housseini Abou Dayf, and the kidnapping and torturing of activists by members of the Muslim Brotherhood during the mass protests against Mursi’s new constitution. We call on the immediate release of all the activists.

    The CWI has been following the recent events in Egypt and has been informed that among others, Ramy Sabry, a socialist activist and a fighter for workers’ rights, has been badly tortured and has been held for many hours by Muslim Brotherhood thugs despite his urgent need for medical assistance.

    We have also heard that Ramy along with other activists are going to be handed over in the next few hours and transferred to the police, who refused to act to stop their kidnapping and who refused to interfere to enforce their release.

    The reactionary Muslim Brotherhood, now in power, is in alliance with the same big business owners who backed Mubarak. The MB is carrying out the same policies of repression and attack on civil rights as Mubarak did before the revolution. The leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood has been exposed to the masses in the region and internationally for their reactionary agenda in their defence of big business interests, and their inability to offer any real change to the conditions faced by the Egyptian working class and the poor masses.

    The recent attacks on democratic and civil rights illustrate the nature of this reactionary government that is prepared to use fascistic thugs to repress and torture Left activists in the name of religion. The recent events illustrate once again the need to build an independent mass workers’ movement and a political workers’ alternative, to challenge the ruling class and to break with capitalism.

    The CWI demands the immediate release of Ramy Sabry and all the other activists and will do whatever we can to make sure that a campaign is being built in defence democratic rights and the right to organise as socialists, unionists and freedom activists.

  • Fred

    “I am not interested in defending myself because that is your job on this blog and you are failing. Don’t blame me for that.”

    Don’t you think these rules you are inventing are a little one sided?

    I don’t see that anyone should have to defend themselves but if you insist on making it so at least have the decency to include everyone.

  • Venecremos

    Venceremos

    The power station we built is a state-owned public utility, against the direct injunction of the World Bank/IMF that all new power stations should be privately owned – ie a rip off by western or Chinese capital. It is an achievement of which I am very proud.

    Excellent job. To hell with the IMF/World Bank. Graham Hancock (former journalist with the Economist) published a book called Lords of Poverty (Mandarin. 1991) which exposes the IMF/World Bank and its works. He begins it with this satirical poem by Ross Coggins:

    The Development Set by Ross Coggins

    Excuse me, friends, I must catch my jet
    I’m off to join the Development Set;
    My bags are packed, and I’ve had all my shots
    I have traveller’s checks and pills for the trots!

    The Development Set is bright and noble
    Our thoughts are deep and our vision global;
    Although we move with the better classes
    Our thoughts are always with the masses.

    In Sheraton Hotels in scattered nations
    We damn multi-national corporations;
    injustice seems easy to protest
    In such seething hotbeds of social rest.

    We discuss malnutrition over steaks
    And plan hunger talks during coffee breaks.
    Whether Asian floods or African drought,
    We face each issue with open mouth.

    We bring in consultants whose circumlocution
    Raises difficulties for every solution –
    Thus guaranteeing continued good eating
    By showing the need for another meeting.

    The language of the Development Set
    Stretches the English alphabet;
    We use swell words like “epigenetic”
    “Micro”, “macro”, and “logarithmetic”

    It pleasures us to be esoteric –
    It’s so intellectually atmospheric!
    And although establishments may be unmoved,
    Our vocabularies are much improved.

    When the talk gets deep and you’re feeling numb,
    You can keep your shame to a minimum:
    To show that you, too, are intelligent
    Smugly ask, “Is it really development?”

    Or say, “That’s fine in practice, but don’t you see:
    It doesn’t work out in theory!”
    A few may find this incomprehensible,
    But most will admire you as deep and sensible.

    Development set homes are extremely chic,
    Full of carvings, curios, and draped with batik.
    Eye-level photographs subtly assure
    That your host is at home with the great and the poor.

    Enough of these verses – on with the mission!
    Our task is as broad as the human condition!
    Just pray god the biblical promise is true:
    The poor ye shall always have with you.

    “Adult Education and Development” September 1976

    And I am just reading Mark Curtis’ superb book Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses (Vintage, 2004) which is the result of his extensive research in the National Archives at Kew. He slates British academics for failing to research and publish works about what these archives contain.

  • Heretic

    Fred @4:01

    I was referring to defending myself against negative comment and insults such as “you are tiresome and not very bright”, not about defending the points I’m making – the proceeding paragraph did put that in context but perhaps it was not that clear.

    Posters being “tiresome and not very bright” is not an excuse for the blog owner to ignore a perfectly legitimate questions about a post made on his blog.

    I think anyone who reads the thread will see that there is a very valid point I making regarding transparency and openness.

  • Fred

    Heretic

    Your posts certainly look ad hominem to me.

    Craig seems to be posting a fairly unbiased report on the election in Ghana.

  • Heretic

    “Your posts certainly look ad hominem to me.”

    That’s your opinion and one I would object to. Being rude or strident is not the same as insulting people and calling people names just because you can not adequately answer their questions.

    Even if I were making ad hominem’s what that to you? Craig is perfectly capable of insulting people and using ad hominem’s in his posts. Given that I’m sure he can (and should) speak up for himself and explain his blind faith in Ghanaian elections and the candidates – both of which are materially and ideologically supported by the US and UK. Craig even said it doesn’t matter who wins.

    He needs to show a bit more impartiality if he is to convince people his primary concern in this is ‘human rights’ and not his financial interest and friendship with the two candidates.

    [Mod/Jon: posted as “Bing Bong, Ding Dong!” but in fact this is “Heretic”]

  • Heretic

    The big point here is that Craig is using this blog to give “democratic credentials” to these elections.

    These blog entries will be picked up by the likes of Transparency International as evidence that the ‘perception’ of the elections was fair and just, regardless of whether they are or not, which will be like a self-fulfilling prophesy. Craig can say his investments in African minerals and energy are sound because the perception (which he helped create) is that Ghana is not corrupt.

    Also, anyone that believes (like Craig) that democratic countries naturally evolve to a two party state with candidates of indistinguishable policies is a schmuck. This is clearly the most efficient way of installing a per-selected leader and convincing the people that they chose them.

    [Mod/Jon: posted as “Bing Bong, Ding Dong!” but in fact this is “Heretic”]

  • Fred

    Well now Ding Dong you seem to be reading a lot more into what Craig wrote than I have seen. It’s the fact that people are voting that makes the elections democratic and the observers who decide if they were fair. Do you have any evidence that they aren’t? Apart from the fact that whoever wins isn’t going to make too much difference to the price of potatoes that is because personally I see that as a good thing.

  • thatcrab

    Craig is bloody good source of information and whoever agrees to give his testimonies credence, good work! He is supposed to keep tight lipped in case anyone takes note – hah! Bing Bong Hong Kong Phooeee!

  • English Knight

    Craig that you are an ardent Ghana lover comes through very clearly. Now if you could be a prophet enough to convince the victors to share the oil “loot” with the losers equitably, population proportions, affirmative action, oil region local rights n all, you will have saved them from a usual oil civil war, 10 years from now. A metaphysical inoculation against the oil curse is the mandatory 25% tithe prescribed on treasure buried underground. But will Chief Awon Mor-Nooky instead revert to the thousand year tradition of having one well oiled wife for each day of the month, once the loot is in full gush!!

  • Anon

    I see that a number of Heretic’s comments have been removed to improve Craig’s position in the debate.

    Of particular interest was the post where Heretic pointed out why Ghana’s ranking was unrealistic and how Craig’s posts (along with BBC news stories etc.) will directly influence Transparency International’s ranking of them, further exaggerating their position on the index.

    Understand the implications of this in terms of how a ‘third world, tin-pot dictatorship’ becomes a ‘blossoming beacon of democracy’ in Africa simply by holding elections that are materially and ideologically backed by the UK and US with 2 candidates that hold almost identical positions, i.e. pro-Western.

    “Ghana will be in extremely good hands in 2013-17 whatever the outcome.” – Craig Murray has either acquired the gift of foresight or has failed to heed the lessons of history and should caution against such misplaced optimism, let alone openly promote it.

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