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02-Dec-2009  
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Audio Attachment:Listen to Dr Arthur Kennedy as he explains why he thinks the "Daily Dispatch" newspaper distorted facts in his book “Chasing The Elephant Into The Bush - The Politics Of Complacency.”
 


 
Ben Ephson, Editor of the "Daily Dispatch" newspaper is being asked to retract and aplogise for distorting facts in a book he culled, which was written by Dr. Kobina Arthur Kennedy.
 
 
 
Former Communications Director of the Nana Addo For President Campaign Team in the 2008 Elections, Dr. Arthur Kennedy is unhappy at the distortion of facts by the "Daily Dispatch" newspaper which culled portions of his recently released book titled- “Chasing The Elephant Into The Bush - The Politics Of Complacency,” and is asking for a rejoinder and an apology from the Editor, Ben Ephson.

The book chronicles a number of lapses which culminated into the defeat of the NPP.

Read below a re-production of the full statement by Dr. Arthur Kennedy.


Dear Editor,

Re: Polls expert predicted NDC victory

Permit me to react to the above that appeared in your newspaper today, 1st December, 2009. Throughout the day, friends and supporters have been calling to ask me whether I knew all along that the NPP would lose even while working for the party an the campaign.

The Headline that a pollster had predicted victory for Professor Mills and the NDC as reported in your paper is misleading and malicious.

While I state in my book that Larry Gibson’s INITIAL polling had predicted no outright winner for the first round of the 2008 election, there are many other places where later polls, done by Prof. Gibson and others predicted a first-round NPP victory.

Therefore, it is outrageous to report on the use of polls in the book by selecting just that one discussion. Indeed, in the definitive paragraph on polls, on page 163 of the book, I state “Another thing that bolsters those claiming that some unusual things happened on Election Day were the polls. With the exception of one spurious poll that was instantly discredited by most experts, all the pre-election polls had the NPP ahead by 8 to 10 points. In other words, the question was whether we could win one-touch or not.”

That is why I assert on page 162, in relation to spoilt ballots that “without these high levels of rejection, Nana Akufo-Addo would probably have been the “one-touch” winner of the 2008 elections.”

Finally, I hope that you will have the decency, not only to publish this rejoinder, but to apologize to me and your readers for this egregious distortion of facts.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur Kobina Kennedy
 



"Interview"

Dr Kobina Arthur Kennedy.
Later in an interview with PEACEFM News from the US where he is currently based, Dr. Kobina Arthur Kennedy countered that he did state in the book other polls and surveys revealed a victory for the NPP, Mr. Ephson's publication which highlighted on Larry Gibson’s INITIAL polling sought to portray sometime entirely different.
 
 
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