A veteran Journalist has questioned processes the National Democratic Congress (NDC) employs in gathering information from its grassroots for purposes of meeting their desires in its governance.
Mr. Benjamin Ephson, the pollster, raised the issue when he was speaking on recent developments with the party’s caucus in Parliament.
Following the approval of the Ministers—Mavis Hawa Koomson, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and Dr. Afriyie Akoto—whom the NDC party deemed unfit for various reasons, it was reported that its grassroots expressed their indignation on the actions of the party’s caucus in Parliament.
But Mr. Ephson questioned how the party gathered those information and applied them in order to perform satisfactorily in the eyes of its followers.
He said: “How do you [NDC] measure the views of your grassroots? You have access to the mainstream media and social media so you say things on behalf of social media.
“What shows that on the social media you have even spoken to them? Can you, within two days or 24 hours of Ken Ofori Atta being passed, issue a statement that the grassroots are angry? How did you get the number of grassroots to talk to?”
He spoke to Kwamena Sam Biney, Angel FM’s “Anɔpa Bofoɔ” morning show co-host, on Thursday April 1, 2021.
The veteran Journalist, beyond this criticism, advised that the party caucus be transparent and honest with the grassroots regarding how the numbers play out on issues to be voted on in Parliament, so that they will not be over burdened with expectations.
“The NDC caucus in Parliament has not told their supporters the truth that they don’t have the numbers. They don’t have the numbers. It is as a result of the secrete voting that Ministers like Afriyie Akoto, Mavis Hawa Koomson and Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, got approved.
“Had it not been for secrete voting, Alban Bagbin wouldn’t have assumed the Speakership. They should let their supporters know the expectations are too high,” he advised.