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2020 WILL TURN ON TRACK RECORDS, SAYS GYAMPO

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Professor Ransford Gyampo, a senior lecturer in the political science department of the University of Ghana at Legon, has predicted that the 2020 general election will be decided on the track records of the two main political parties, not insults or emotions.

Professor Ransford Gyampo, a senior lecturer in the political science department of the University of Ghana at Legon, has predicted that the 2020 general election will be decided on the track records of the two main political parties, not insults or emotions.

 

According to Professor Gyampo, Ghana has got to the point where emotions and insults are gradually moving out of politics. All-out pettiness and insults will eventually have no space in the country’s electioneering process, he said.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Statesman, the political scientist said the two main parties have a lot to talk about in 2020, when it comes to a comparison of track records, and also what they have in stock for Ghanaians.

Professor Gyampo said it is normal for political actors to be emotional at times and to want to respond in equal measure if their opponents become verbally abusive. However, he does not anticipate excessive verbal abuse and tangential issues to dominate the 2020 campaign because there will be so much at stake to talk about.

Tit for tat

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has described former President John Dramani Mahama as “the Incompetent One” who wants to return to power and do more damage to Ghana.

Speaking at a meeting with metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives in Accra, the Vice-President said: “I hear the Incompetent One says he wants to come back.
“He wants to come and do more damage, as if he didn’t do enough damage. Well, we’re waiting for him, we’re waiting for him.”

However, in a quick rebuttal, the former President’s campaign team said that if the Vice-President does not desist from unprovoked and needless attacks on John Mahama, they will respond in equal measure.

Attack dogs

This has given some Ghanaians the impression that if the 2020 campaign continues along these lines, it will be characterised more by attacks than by substance, should Mahama become the NDC’s flagbearer.

But speaking to the Daily Statesman, Professor Gyampo said he would be surprised if the NPP and NDC neglect the raft of issues up for debate and decide to resort to personal attacks.

He advised Ghanaians to assess their living conditions and make informed decisions, and asked them to show open disapproval to campaigns based on personality attacks. Voters should make politicians stick to the issues, the professor said.