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The only poll that matters to me is on Dec. 7-Akufo-Addo


President Akufo-Addo has downplayed the Afrobarometer survey that appears to cast doubts on his second term bid saying the only polls that matter to him is the one which will take place on December 7, 2020, when Ghanaians vote.

“The only poll that matters is the one which will happen on the 7th of December. There were polls that said I couldn’t be here, I will never be here but I’m here. What is important is my program and what I’m carrying. When it’s time for Ghanaians to comment on it they will comment on it and it will be a positive one.

At a media encounter at the Jubliee House on Friday to account for his stewardship after three years in office, the president made the remarks.

The encounter was the third since his assumption of power as the fifth President of the Fourth Republic.

The latest Afrobarometer report has revealed that the opposition NDC has maintained its popularity rate over the last two years while the ruling NPP has dwindled in support by as much as 15 per cent.

“Compared to 2017, the proportion of respondents who said they would vote for the NPP has dwindled by 15 percentage points from 49 per cent to 34 per cent while the share who said they would vote for the NDC has remained unchanged 22 per cent.

“These findings suggest that a large chunk of the electorate is still waiting to be convinced, during the year remaining before Ghana’s 2020 presidential election, to vote for a specific candidate – or even to vote at all,” the report said.

The report also noted many Ghanaians are indecisive about voting in next year’s elections.

Youth were twice as likely as older citizens to say they would not vote (14 per cent of those aged 18-35 vs. 7 per cent of those aged 56 and above), as were urban residents (15 per cent) compared to rural residents (7 per cent).

The proclivity to sit out the election was also considerably stronger among the highly educated (17 per cent of those with post-secondary education) and relatively well-off citizens (13 per cent among those experiencing no lived poverty) compared to the less educated (6 per cent of those with no formal education) and poor citizens (4 per cent among those
experiencing high lived poverty)

The President among other sectors spoke about the performance of his government in areas of the economy, governance, health, education, security and what he is doing to turn around the fortunes of the country.

The meeting also afforded journalists the opportunity to ask the President significant questions he hadn’t sufficiently addressed at various forums.

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