The 2020 presidential election is incoming, and it will be one of the hottest elections in the history of Ghana especially for the two leading political parties led by the incumbent President Nana Ado Dankwa Akuffo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and opposition party led by the former president John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). There have been serious debates on television, radio and social media platforms on who will win this coming election. President Nana Ado Dankwa Akuffo-Addo and his NPP government are doing everything possible to be re-elected with a slogan, four more for Nana to do more for Ghanaians whiles the former president John Dramani Mahama and his NDC foot soldiers are also charming to come to power for the second time with their slogan rescue mission 2020.
This presidential election is going to bring another surprise to many members and observers, both domestic observers and the international community. A group of Ghanaians are calling for the incumbent president to be re-elected whilst the opposition side is calling the incumbent president incompetent and does not deserve another term in office. Moreover, both NPP and NDC have mounted a powerful campaign manifesto message to persuade Ghanaians in order to win the coming election. The floating and intellectual voters, describe this coming election as very difficult and mysterious to predict the winner.
The Manifesto promises of the various political parties play an important role in determining their success in an election. The Africa Development and Resources Research Institute ADRRI, a non-governmental organisation has therefore conducted a survey to determine the perception of Ghanaians on the Manifesto promises of the two leading political parties, the NPP and the NDC on Education, Infrastructure, climate change and Agricultural Development. Finding of this survey will inform the leadership of the two leading political parties the confidence Ghanaians have in their manifesto promises and the way forward for this coming and future elections.
This report attempts to offer further insights into the manifesto promises of the two main leading political parties NPP and NDC base on empirical information from campaign manifesto conducted by Africa Development and Resources Research Institute (ADRRI). We argue that the findings from ADRRI manifesto surveys provide compelling evidence to support the assertion that Ghanaian voters have expressed their warmth opinions on their manifesto promises. We hope our study offers new insight into Ghanaian voters, and provide prudent actions and decisions in choosing the perfect president for Ghana.
Dr. Jamal Mohammed the Executive Director of Africa Development and Resources Research Institute – (ADRRI) an independent non-political. National Nongovernmental Organization, Policy Research Think Tank Institute based in Ghana, founded in 2010 to promote Africa Development in the area of economics, sanitation, health, social welfare issues, microfinance, climate change, public policy formulation, education, engineering, water resources, science, trade, medicine, nutrition, management and marketing, poverty, gender, child rights, rule of law, good governance, language studies, democracy and development through quality applied action research.
Speaking on media briefing (Meet the Press series barometer), with the theme Ghanaians Perception On The 2020 Manifesto Promises of the Two Leading Political Parties (NDC & NPP), Dr. Jamal Mohammed said
The study adopted was quantitative design with cluster sampling technique. The study also took survey respondents using online surveys. The last part of the data was obtained from the Barometer reporting software I developed for ADRRI.
This study obtained data from Ghanaian voters on key issues of the 2020 manifesto promises of the two leading political parties in Ghana, NDC and NPP. This was done to determine the perceptions of Ghanaians on the manifesto promises of the two political parties.
ADRRI manifesto survey was carried out between October, 2020-November 2020. Respondents were randomly selected, from age 18 and above, an equal chance of being elected. The survey sample size was 2000. It was conducted across the 16 regions of Ghana. Online questionnaire alongside face-to-face interviews was conducted to obtain responses from Ghanaians. Respondents were randomly selected, giving every adult citizen from age 18 and above an equal chance of being elected. The analyses were done using SPSS (Version 21) and Microsoft Excel (2016) and we employed basic descriptive statistics to analyse the results. In this report, we employed basic descriptive statistics to analyse the results of the two main leading political parties manifesto promises. The results of the analysis are reported using percentages in tables, graphs and pictorial display.
Whichever party wins the coming general election; their manifesto will be the basis for governing. The manifesto must tell voters about the kind of government they are electing, to give the Government a clear mandate. It must show how the issues that are most important to the public shape the Government’s priorities. And it should commit the Government to measures that will help it make better decisions over its term in office and help it run the country better.
This section discusses the perception of Ghanaians on the 2020 Manifesto promises of the two leading political parties, NDC and NPP and the implication it will have on the incoming 2020 election. The confidence Ghanaians have on the 2020 Manifesto promises of NDC and NPP on education, infrastructure and climate change and its impact on agriculture were ascertain. Results from the survey revealed that both political parties had low consultation coverage in drawing their 2020 Manifesto, NDC consulted about 39% of Ghanaian and NPP consulted only 13.0%.
Based on the survey, a majority of 71.6% Ghanaians had confidence in the NDC in fulfilling their 2020 Manifesto promises on education, whiles a considerable of 55.58% of Ghanaians had confidence in the NPP in fulfilling their 2020 manifesto promises on education.
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