Wednesday, December 31, 2008

NDC supporters in jubilant mood

There was spontaneous jubilation by supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Koforidua moments after Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), announced the result that put their candidate ahead in the Presidential Election Runoff.
 As in many parts of the country, the atmosphere in Koforidua prior to the announcement was tense as nervous residents glued themselves to radio and television sets to ferret whatever information they could lay hands on about which party was ahead in the polls.
     Around 10:00 hours, rumours were rife to the effect that Dr Afari-Gyan was going to announce the results by midday but this turned out to be false as supporters of both parties had to endure some five anxious hours before the EC's announcement eventually came.
     Even before the EC Commissioner could make the announcement, NDC supporters were jubilating, aware that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was behind their candidate.
     But the jubilations were not organized and not near the grand-scale that NPP celebrations often took in the Municipality where the ruling government is clearly the dominant party.
    Individual NDC supporters took to the streets or celebrated in their immediate communes by means of dramatic displays that included car manoeuvres, blowing of bugle, drumming and singing.
     At all the six main Zongo suburbs in the Municipality, supporters cheered and sang a medley of NDC songs.
     Indeed, NDC supporters in the Zongo areas have been in a celebration mood since Monday when it became obvious that their candidate was in a comfortable lead.
 At the Koforidua/Kumasi bus terminal some NPP supporters joined their NDC counterparts in the joyous mood by hoisting NPP paraphernalia in mutual celebration.

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