The Center for Democratic Development (CDD) says apathy ahead of the 2020 election may worsen if the expectations of the citizenry are not met. The CDD says there’s the need for political parties to fulfil their campaign promises after winning elections.
This follows its latest Afrobarometer report which revealed that 12 percent of Ghanaians are unsure they will vote for any political party in the 2020 elections.
The report also showed that this percentage is the highest so far since 2008, after increasing by six points in the last two years.
But Research Analyst with the CDD, Geofred Asiamah, in an interview on Citi News monitored by elsieopinari.com has said it is time political parties focused on meeting the expectations of voters.
“I think one key thing we have to take from this finding is the fact that, if the government’s policies are responding to the needs of people. What are they thinking, what are their expectations? Are we responding to the expectations of these groups? Have we succeeded in convincing them over the years that we can satisfy their expectations when we come to power? So this is a clear issue for the political parties to decide.”
Although the research comes at a time when momentum is beginning to be gathered by political actors ahead of the 2020 elections, producers of the Afrobarometer report said it is impossible to draw solid conclusions about a likely election outcome since some of the respondents did not declare their votes.
When asked which party’s candidate they would vote for if presidential elections were held the following day, more than four in 10 Ghanaians (42%) said they would either not vote (11%), did not know who to vote for (12%), or refused to answer the question (19%).
Majority of those who responded in the affirmative declared support for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the National Democratic Congress (NDC) although the former’s preference shrunk by 15 points.
“Compared to 2017, the proportion of respondents who said they would vote for the NPP has dwindled by 15 percentage points from 49% to 34% while the share who said they would vote for the NDC has remained unchanged 22%.”
Meanwhile, a Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter Boamah Otokunor believes that the recent Afrobarometer report gives strong indications that a lot of Ghanaians are disappointed in the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According to him, the fact that only 34 per cent of Ghanaians say they will vote for the incumbent party, shows that the NPP government has lost a lot of goodwill from the populace.
“If we do all the extrapolations, all things being equal you will see clearly that the NPP has lost strong support from the populace. You don’t even need the polls to tell you– You go on the streets, you go to the banks, the hospitals and the classrooms and ask people. You will understand what I’m saying,” he said.
Ghanaians indecisive on elections due to NPP still cleaning up Mahama’s mess
The governing NPP has blamed Ghanaians being indecisive on who to vote for in the upcoming national polls on the NPP still fixing the poor economy they took over from when coming into power.
Its Communications Director Yaw Buaben Asamoa said the citizens are indecisive because their expectations have not been met yet since they are still building the country and will eventually decide as time goes by. “So you have to take that survey overall and look at the in-built frustration of the system that we have where you have a government come in and literally drag us all the way back. And when another government comes in, the expectation of the people is that having being dragged that far back, they will be rebounded quickly but the problems the Mahama administration left us are such that they (Ghanaians) inevitably feel this thing that their expectations haven’t fully been met yet so they are waiting.”