Majority of Ghanaians lack confidence in Akufo-Addo to fight graft – CDD

A post-election survey conducted by the Centre for Democartic Governance (CDD-Ghana) has revealed that while Ghanaians are split in their opinion on the government’s ability to ensure that rule of law is upheld, majority however are not confident in the ability of the Nana Addo led-NPP government to protect the country’s financial resources and curb corruption in the next 4 years.

The survey added that Ghanaians are nearly equally split in their confidence in government’s ability to consolidate the gains made in the planting/rearing for food and job programs in the next four years, but the majority express lack of confidence in the government’s ability to expand the one million dollar per constituency initiative.

In general, it said a significant minority of Ghanaian are optimistic that in the next four years, the Akufo-Addo NPP-led government will perform “much better or better” in addressing public/social service delivery. But are less optimistic about government’s ability to reduce crime.

“Ghanaians are also less optimistic about government’s ability to fight corruption, and ability to promote collaboration between the ruling and opposition parties,” it further revealed.

On why the New Patriotic Party (NPP) lost several seats in the parliamentary elections to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) during the 2020 polls, the report attributed this to nonperformance of MPs in the 7th parliament and also a bad campaign leading to the reduction in their number.

“Our respondents attribute the loss of seats by the NPP as a result of the NPPs MPs non-performance, the NPP’s bad campaign and the non-performance of their candidates.

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“Our respondents attribute the gains the NDC made in the parliamentary elections as to the NPPs MPs non-performance, the NDC’s campaign and the performance of their candidates, and a way of punishing the NPP for nonperformance,” the survey said.

Prior to the elections last year, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had 106 seats in Parliament as against the 169 of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)

After the elections, both parties secure 137-137 seats each with one independent lawmaker.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana