As the December 27 referendum approaches, an online poll on JoyNews’ Facebook timeline has revealed significant rejection of the proposed Oti Region.

Out of a total of 7,000 voters that took part in the online poll, 57% of the voters (3,990) voted “NO” while 43% of voters (3,010) said “YES” to the creation of the region.

The question posed was: “Should OTI Region be carved out of Volta Region?”

With barely a week to the referendum, this result gives an indication of the outcome of the important process that will see the new region carved out of the Volta Region.

Reliable?

Although online polls have come severe criticisms for being inaccurate and unscientific, some have proven to be reliable and accurate.

For instance, prior to the UK’s Brexit referendum, many online polls showed that the race would be very close.

Not enough attention was paid to these polls but as the actual results showed, it was a close race: ‘Leave’ won by 51.89 per cent of the vote and ‘Remain’ polled 48.11 per cent.

“Three days before the vote, YouGov [an online pollster] showed a two-point lead for Leave. It was barely reported and didn’t move the markets. A subsequent eve ofvoting poll showed too close to call (51-49 Remain) and, unfortunately, our final on-the-day recontact study moved an additional percentage point in the wrong direction to 48/52 in favour of Remain. When this was announced on Sky News at 10pm, this time it was reported across the world as a confident prediction of a Remain victory. In reality small movements like this between different snapshot polls are an expected part of the process (we publish a margin of error of 3% on most polls, which we encourage media to make reference to), but overall our data showed the very close race that was eventually revealed,” YouGov said on its website.

Issues such as internet availability or lack of it and reach of the poll questions have been cited as reasons for rejecting online polls.

Oti Region controversy

The One Volta Group, a development and advocacy organisation, with membership in the USA, Canada, UK and Ghana, has been vehement in its opposition to the creation of the region.

“It cannot be made any clearer that the majority of Voltarians are against this new intrusion by the NPP Government and a few of their underlings in the northern Volta Region. We are hereby announcing to the general public that we, the sons and daughters of the Volta Region, will leave no stone unturned in our collective resolve to fight this new threat in order to preserve the sanctity, wholeness and unity of the Volta Region. Indeed, we are ready to defend our region from the misguided agenda of the Government and its outnumbered collaborators.

“It is interesting and baffling to witness the urgency with which the present Ghana Government which continuously complains about lack of money for its projects, (including its trophy program, free SHS), magically summoned enough funds to expedite this process which all previous Governments wisely stayed away from due to inherent complications and the inevitable controversies it would engender,” the group has said in a statement.

Also, at least two chiefs have demanded that their towns be exempted from the proposed region.

Chief of Akpafu traditional area, Nana Kofi Adu II, said Akpafu and Lolobi towns should not be included because they have not be part of towns that petitioned the President demanding the creation of the new region.

Six regions

Six new regions could be created by December 2018 in a referendum expected to be held in areas within six regions requesting for the split.

These areas petitioned the Justice Brobbey Commission set up by President Nana Akufo-Addo in November 2017 to listen to their demands and make recommendations.

The 9-member commission after touring areas within the Northern, Brong Ahafo, Western and Volta regions recommended the creation of six more.

Brong Ahafo region could soon be Ahafo and Brong East regions could be carved out of the Brong Ahafo region while the Northern region could be split to create two more regions – North East and Savannah regions.

The size of the Western region could be reduced to create the Western North region while the Oti region could be carved out of the Volta region.

Activists for the creation maintain the creation will foster development after years of neglect by the central government.

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