Managing Editor of the National Forum, James Kwabena Bomfeh (Kabila) has expressed concerns about the failure of the Economist and Intelligence Unit (EIU) to capture the other political parties in its recent report.
He said any researcher who limits his work to just the two leading parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will be making a mistake.
The EIU has predicted that the main opposition NDC will win the next general elections but that will only happen when they do not pick former President John Dramani Mahama as their presidential candidate.
“The next parliamentary and presidential elections are due in 2024. Under constitutionally mandated term limits, the incumbent president, Mr Akufo-Addo, cannot run for a third term.
“The former president, John Mahama, is reportedly considering running again, but we expect the opposition NDC to try to revitalise its prospects with a fresh candidate.
“Our baseline forecast is that ongoing public dissatisfaction with the slow pace of improvements in governance—such as infrastructure development, job creation and easing of corruption—will trigger anti-incumbency factors and push the electorate to seek a change. The NDC therefore stands a reasonable chance of winning the 2024 elections,” the EIU said in their forecast.
Speaking on this report on the New Day show on TV3, Wednesday April 20, Kabila said “What this report seeks to portray is try to picture 2024 as if it will be limited to two political parties. I read the report and they do not consider the possibility of any party.
“In terms of winning elections, it has been largely NPP and NDC from 1993 but any election watcher will be making a mistake if they don’t factor in the independent candidates and other political parties and effect.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana