Ahead of the 2020 polls, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is predicting the National Democratic Congress will not recover from the loss it suffered in the last general elections.
The business intelligence unit in its latest report on Ghana says the Akufo-Addo Administration is still regarded as a better custodian of the economy compared to the opposition leader John Dramani Mahama.
This is not the first time that the EIU has notified that the governing New Patriotic Party, NPP, will secure re-election in 2020 after releasing similar reports and predictions on Ghana’s elections, which in a number of cases have turned out to be right.
In the report generated on December 30, 2019, it observed that 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 campaign for the 2016 election was dominated by public concerns over a faltering economy, which many Ghanaians still associate with Mr. Mahama”.
As a result, 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.
We, therefore, expect Mr. Akufo-Addo and the NPP to secure re-election in 2020. However, if the NDC can present a coherent opposition and hold the NPP to account on an unfulfilled campaign promise —particularly on infrastructure development, as well as private sector development such as job creation and industrialization, where progress has been generally slow and success patchy—the election could be closely contested.”