The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is better placed as a political party to fulfil its manifesto promises, compared to the National Democratic Congress (NDC). That is the finding of an online poll administered by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Ghana.
On 12 September 2020 IEA Ghana administered a poll on its Twitter handle, @IEAGhana, asking the following question: “Both the NDC and the NPP have had a chance to govern the country in 2012-2016 and 2016-2020, respectively. Based on their previous manifestos and performances, which party do you think will be better at achieving its manifesto promises within the next four years?”
Outcome of poll
In total, 9,386 people voted, the final poll results showed.
Fifty-one per cent of those who voted chose the NPP, whereas forty-nine per cent (49%) voted for the NDC.
The ruling NPP launched its Election 2020 manifesto on 22 August under the theme “Leadership of Service: Protecting Our Progress, Transforming Ghana for All”.
The 216-page document has six parts which essentially look at the party’s most recent three and a half years in office, the impact of COVID-19 on the Ghanaian economy and what the party plans to do to address the challenges posed by COVID-19.
It also sets out the NPP’s plan of action to move Ghana forward between January 2021 and January 2025.
The NDC, on the other hand, outdoored its manifesto on Monday 7 September 2020 in the auditorium of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
The document is themed “Jobs, Prosperity and More: The People’s Manifesto”.
Implication of poll outcome
The outcome of the IEA Ghana poll suggests that Ghanaians trust the NPP to fulfil its manifesto promises, rather than the NDC, if given the opportunity to exercise executive authority in Ghana.
Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio