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AKUFO-ADDO IS A CREDIBLE LEADER: GHANAIANS PASS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN PRESIDENT

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A survey conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Legon has revealed that Ghanaians still regard President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as a credible leader, capable of delivering on his manifesto pledges.

A survey conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Legon has revealed that Ghanaians still regard President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as a credible leader, capable of delivering on his manifesto pledges.

The survey adds that, as a consequence, the electorate is ready to vote again for him should presidential elections be held today.

The study establishes further that the two main political parties – the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress – are still the preferred choices of the larger majority of Ghanaians.

Free SHS

Dr Maame Gyekye-Gyandoh, senior lecturer and head of the Political Science Department at the university, who presented these findings, indicated that the survey brought to the fore how particularly enthused Ghanaians are about the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy.

“Voters in this survey have indicated to the government in power that they believe it has the capacity to deliver on its campaign promises and, indeed, has done so with the Free SHS implementation in particular, despite the challenges associated with that,” she said.

Elections today

In addition, she said the findings show that President Akufo-Addo would be the people’s choice if elections were held today, putting behind by notches former President John Mahama, who is seeking to lead the National Democratic Congress in the 2020 elections.

Explaining the survey yesterday, Dr Gyekye-Gyandoh said: “For Nana Akufo-Addo, 49.3 per cent said they would vote for him; 33.3 per cent said they would vote for Mahama; and 7.35 per cent for Paa Kwesi Nduom.”

She added: “These responses indicate simply and unsurprisingly that the two major parties are still the most preferred among voters and, secondly, that there might be another contest between President Akufo-Addo and former President Mahama during the 2020 elections.”

Economy

In the survey, 48.9 per cent of respondents said they would vote for the NPP if elections were held today; 32.2 per cent said they would vote for the NDC; 3.3 per cent for Nduom’s Progressive Peoples Party; 1.7 per cent for the Convention People’s Party; 0.4 per cent for the People’s National Convention; and 0.2 per cent for the National Democratic Party.

Dr Gyekye-Gyandoh said the survey showed that matters of the economy are voters’ main concern and so economic performance becomes a key ingredient in the way voters determine which party and candidate to vote for.

Unfulfilled promises

The survey, which sampled about 5,000 Ghanaians nationwide, however revealed that “corruption, unemployment, One District, One Factory and road construction are unfulfilled expectations of voters”, Dr Gyekye-Gyandoh said.