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BNI denies conducting survey on Nov. polls

The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) has denied media reports that it has conducted a survey on the 2016 elections.

 
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"We wish to categorically state on record that the BNI has not conducted any such polls, either by itself or in collaboration with any pollster," a statement from the National Security Council Secretariat signed by Col. EWK Nibo (rtd) said.“We would like to emphasize that as, and when, a research or investigation of public interest is conducted, it will be put out for public consumption, if the security agencies deem it prudent to do so,” the statement added.It said: “We therefore wish to bring to the notice of the good people of Ghana that no such report has emanated from the BNI and assure the public that the security agencies will continue to live by their mandate and continue to discharge their professional duties to the benefit of all Ghanaians.”

The Daily Guide Newspaper on Monday said it has stumbled on a survey report by the BNI, with support from a pollster (name withheld), which casts doubts about President John Mahama and his ruling National Democratic Congress’ (NDC’s) ability to win the upcoming general election.

Daily Guide said the report was compiled in March this year and paints a gloomy picture about the NDC’s chances in this year’s elections.It was carried out in all the 10 regions of the country and at the end of the exercise, the report indicated that the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is ahead of his NDC contender.Nana Akufo-Addo is likely to emerge a winner of the 2016 general election, scoring 51.85% of the polls, followed by President John Dramani Mahama (of the NDC) with 41.52%.Ivor Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) had 2.10% while the People’s National Convention (PNC) candidate, Dr Edward Nasigri Mahama, bagged 1.98% of the total votes cast, with the other parties sharing the remaining 2.55%.The issues raised in the survey which seem to have dropped the president’s ratings were unemployment, general economic hardship, collapse of businesses and high incidence of corruption among government officials and a host of others, the reported added.

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