EIU latest report predicts victory for Akufo-Addo in 2020

The latest Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has predicted victory for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Nana Addo and John Mahama

The report said the NPP and President Akufo-Addo will win next year’s election because Ghanaians see them as better custodians of the economy.

The reported noted: “The next national elections are due in 2020. The Economist Intelligence Unit expects the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to retain power, as the party is seen as a better custodian of the economy than the opposition National Democratic Congress."

“The next presidential and parliamentary elections are due in November 2020. During the remainder of the term in office of the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, the economic situation will generally improve. In the presidential election, Mr Akufo­Addo 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."

The report continued: “The campaign for the 2016 election was dominated by the 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. "

According to the report, if the NDC can present a "coherent opposition and hold the NPP to account on unfulfilled campaign promises -particularly on job creation and industrialisation, where progress has been generally slow and success patchy—the election could be closely contested”.

Meanwhile president Nana Akufo-Addo has said he does not need the support of the Electoral Commission to win a second term. He made the comments when the commission visited him.


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