Good Governance NDC’s fight against us over research is unfortunate - CDD

The survey revealed that over 7 in 10 Ghanaians describe the current economic condition as ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ bad; and 65 % describe their personal living conditions in similar terms.

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The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), says attacks on them by the National Democratic Congress over its recent survey which portrayed government in a bad light as unfortunate.

The survey which covered the period from July 2 to 18 indicated that Ghanaians are worried about their economic conditions which they argue might pose a threat to their existence.The survey was conducted from a sample size of 2,400 adult Ghanaians cutting across 163 districts and 291 towns and villages.

Furthermore, over 7 in 10 Ghanaians describe the current economic condition as ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ bad; and 65 % describe their personal living conditions in similar terms, the survey revealed.

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But National Organizer of the NDC, Kofi Adams, stated that the NDC has over the years never expected the CDD to give a positive assessment of the party.

He accused CDD and other civil society groups of pursuing agenda to promote the cause of the NPP.

“We in the NDC don’t work with the CDD because they are an NPP-affiliated group; we have long held this view. We’ve always insisted they are biassed towards NPP. If you take a look at their report, it is not different from what Nana Akufo Addo says when he goes on campaign; their report is essentially a repeat of NPP views.”

However, a senior research fellow at the CDD, Dr Kojo Asante, explained that their survey represents the views of Ghanaians.

“It is unfortunate to hear this again. CDD is 18 years now as an organisation. We have been doing this work for many years, and we’re respected all over and this is not the first time we’ve done surveys. We have people who are very experienced in doing surveys. Our samples are open and these are the national representative sample of Ghanaians and these are their views,” Dr Asante added.

He mentioned that they conducted the research “because we want this election to be about issues.”

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He rather urged all political parties to get used to pre-election surveys, whether it favours them or not.

“We are 22 years practising democracy, and we still can’t get used to pre-election surveys. This is done all over the world and governments look at these things that are done by independent organisations and take from it what they can, but for us, the objective is to generate discussions around the main issues that should concern any political party seeking to govern this nation. And I think that will help us shift from this personality attacks. That really does not address the bread and butter issues for Ghanaians,” Dr Asante indicated.

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