The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has predicted victory for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2020 general election.
The EIU said in a report released on 13 May 2019 that: “Nana Akufo-Addo, the president, and his NPP will see the country’s economic situation generally improve during the remainder of their term of office. In the presidential election, 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 2016 legislative election was won by the NPP; and the campaign was dominated by the faltering economy, which many Ghanaians still associate with Mr Mahama.
“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.”
The think tank, therefore, said they “expect Mr Akufo-Addo and the NPP to secure re-election in 2020.”
EIU, however, noted that: “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.”
Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2016 elections beat then-incumbent John Mahama by polling 5,716,026 million votes, representing 53.85 per cent, while Mr Mahama polled 4,713,277 million votes representing 44.40 per cent.
Mr Mahama has been elected by his party, the NDC, to contest in the 2020 elections but the NPP is yet to put forward a candidate as Nana Akufo-Addo has not clearly stated his intent to seek re-election.
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