- The New Patriotic Party (NPP) will be re-elected in the 2020 Ghana election, according to the latest EIU report
- The EIU report, which is an outlook of Ghana for 2019 to 2023, did not only present findings on its election watch, but also analysed Ghana’s political stability
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has predicted that the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) will retain power in 2020.
According to the report, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) will find it difficult to sell itself to Ghanaians.
The NPP won the 2016 elections by a landslide margin, polling 53% of the total votes cast while the NDC could only manage 44.4%.
It remains the worst ever election defeat suffered by an incumbent President in Ghana’s Fourth Republic.
The EIU report says it will be difficult for the opposition NDC under former president John Dramani Mahama, to portray itself as the better custodian of Ghana’s economy, especially as the country’s growth outlook looks fairly strong.
The EIU has over the years released similar reports and predictions on Ghana’s elections, which in a number of cases have turned out to be right.
“Nana Akufo-Addo, the president, and his NPP will see the country’s economic situation generally improve during the remainder of their terms of office. In the presidential election, it says Akufo-Addo will face a challenge from John Mahama— Ghana’s president from 2012 to early 2017, who was elected leader of the opposition NDC in February 2019,” it said.
“The 2016 legislative election was won by the NPP; and the campaign was dominated by the faltering economy, which many Ghanaians still associate with Mr Mahama.”
“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, especially as the country’s growth outlook is fairly strong.”
It added that “expect Mr. Akufo-Addo and the NPP to secure re-election in 2020.”
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