The Bono Regional Youth Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Efo Worlanyo Tsekpo, has said that research works conducted by other bodies apart from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) also predicted that John Dramani Mahama will win the 2024 general elections for the NDC.
He was reacting to the EIU’s report which indicates among other things that the NDC will win the 2024 elections 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.
The report further said that it expects Ghana’s underlying political stability to endure over the forecast period, despite a highly acrimonious party-political landscape.
The fierce rivalry between the two major parties—the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC, the EIU said, will remain the core feature of the political scene.
“A razor-thin NPP-led working majority in parliament (with 138 out of 275 seats) implies that achieving consensus on contentious reforms, including planned tax rises, will prove tumultuous. In November 2021 the minority government rejected the proposed 2022 budget bill over the introduction of an electronic-transaction levy (e-levy); this was later reversed, and the 2022 budget bill was passed by an NPP-led majority, albeit without the e-levy clause.
“Similar issues with achieving consensus on major legislation will slow policymaking and test the government’s strength throughout the remainder of its term (until 2024). We expect a transfer of power to the NDC in the 2024 elections, driven by anti-incumbency factors and public dissatisfaction with the current government.
“However, irrespective of who retains power, we expect policy continuity in the medium term, with a focus on improving food security, industrialisation and economic diversification. The new government will face similar challenges to its predecessor, but overall political stability will prevail,” the report said.
It further indicated that public discontent with the government stems from fact
In a statement reacting to the EIU report, Mr Tsekpo said “We thank Economic Intelligence Unit for their research but we (NDC) are very focus to win 2024 with John Dramani Mahama.
“NDC is not anti Research and I know the party will look at the why and the why not in the research work and make the necessary amends for a win with John Dramani Mahama come 2024.
“This is a Research work and not a final authority of what will happen in 2024, we have also done series research works and know the outcome, others like Solidare Gh also conducted a similar research and the outcome was for John Dramani Mahama, all polls conducted in Ghana and other international bodies pointed to John Dramani Mahama thus why we will remain focus, correct whatever mistakes we did in the past and give victory to the people of Ghana with John Dramani Mahama as our Flag-bearer and next President of the Republic.
“I remember the Economic Intelligent Unit predicted a massive win for Hillary Clinton but she lost to Donald Trump. This is because Donald Trump had to work for his victory instead of being broken by the research outcomes. NDC knows the battle ahead and is prepared to climb every hill to reach the peak of the mountain.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana