A Political Scientist with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Amakye Boateng has attacked the survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) predicting a win for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020.
“It does not reflect any situation in Ghana so I think is a bogus survey”, the KNUST Lecturer contested in an interview MyNewsGh.com monitored on Kumasi-based Nhyira FM.
The report leased on Friday September 13,2019 said the NPP and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will win next year’s election because Ghanaians see the NPP government as better custodians of the economy.
“Though, it is good for them to also have their opinion but they cannot sit in USA and tell what we should do in Ghana”, the outspoken lecturer told host, Kofi Asante Ennin on telephone adding “EIU are not the ones to determine elections in Ghana”
According to EIU: “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 Akufo-Addo 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 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. However, 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”.