Nana Akufo-Addo
Nana Akufo-Addo

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has once again predicted victory for President Akufo-Addo in the upcoming December polls.

According to EIU, former President John Mahama and the NDC will struggle to convince Ghanaians that they are better at managing the economy than the ruling NPP.

“The next national elections are due in December 2020. The Economist Intelligence Unit expects the NPP to retain power, as the party is seen as a better custodian of the economy than the opposition NDC,” the April 2020 edition of the report added.

The report stressed: “The campaign for the 2016 election was dominated by public concerns over a faltering economy, which many Ghanaians still associate with Mr Mahama. Ahead of this election, the NPP has focused on infrastructure development (such as improving internet and electricity access, as well as roads, in rural areas) and outlined ambitious growth plans for cash-crop yields, which would bolster rural incomes. Despite the uncertainties posed by the pandemic, The Economist Intelligence Unit believes that it will be difficult for the NDC under Mr Mahama to portray itself as the better custodian of Ghana’s economy.”

It nonetheless said the NDC can clinch victory if it is able to effectively project the failures of the ruling party.

“If the NDC can present a coherent challenge and hold the NPP to account on its unfulfilled campaign promises—such as faster progress on infrastructure development—the elections could be closely contested”.

Ghana goes to the polls on December 7. President Akufo-Addo will once again lead the NPP against former President John Mahama of the NDC.

Mr. Mahama is yet to unveil his running mate for the polls.

Source: Ghana/