Although the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Benson Tongo Baba, won the seat, the outcome of the Talensi referendum, as declared by the Electoral Commission, shows Ghanaians have clearly rejected Mahama and the NDC.
Putting together votes collected by five other candidates in the bye-election, the total is 57.25% as against the NDC candidate’s 42.75%.
Thus if the Talensi bye-election is, indeed, a yardstick for or forecast of what is to happen in presidential election of the 2016 General Elections, as Mahama characterised it, then Mahama would fail to obtain the 50% + 1 votes that a presidential candidate needs to accumulate to seal victory.
The breakdown of voted polled is as follows:
1. PPP 214: 0.87%
2. IPP 38: 0.16%
3. NPP 6,845: 27.94%
4. NUP 93: 0.38%
5. PNC 6,836: 27.90%
6. NDC 10,366: 42.31%
With these results the best consolation for the NDC would have been for the presidential election to go into a run-off with the other party whose candidate polled the most votes. And with the history of presidential run-off not the least friendly to incumbents, Mahama would have been gunning for that unenviable tag as the only Ghanaian President in the 4th Republic to have enjoyed only one-term of office.
Few days to the bye-election, President Mahama told a rally of party supporters in the Talensi constituency that the election would be a dress rehearsal for the 2016 General Elections. Other NDC spokespersons insisted Ghanaians will endorse the NDC candidate for the good works the Mahama administration has done in the last two-and-a-half years.
However, as the people of Talensi have shown—they gave the parliamentary seat to B. T. Baba, but rejected the Mahama administration by giving 57.25% of the votes to other candidates.
Source: Today Newspaper