Fifty-one percent of Ghanaians will vote for the New Patriotic Party, while 41 percent will vote for the National Democratic Congress in the December elections.
However, it should be noted that predictions based on the results of such studies do not necessarily come true, as a number of determining factors may change slightly, Nana Kaakyiri Duku Frempong, a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science of the University of Ghana, told reporters.
This was emphasised when the section published its research results on a number of issues relating to the dynamics, electoral options, policies and programmes of the political parties and the government in preparation for the parliamentary elections in Ghana in 2020.
He stated that, according to the information received, the main reason for such a prognosis is that the governing political party would have to complete two terms of office before it could be voted on.
Frempong said that many people are also impressed by some of the current government’s key nuclear energy policies, such as free high school education.
According to him, this was not the case in these elections, although issues relating to corruption and disruption of electricity supply were high on the electoral list last year.
Mr Frempong noted that issues such as the creation of new regions, the implementation of the free high school initiative, the Nation Building Corps (NABCO) this time tended to dominate voters’ priorities and seem to have met the expectations of most of them.
The keynote speaker noted that there has been a shift in the question of what determines the voter’s choice, from a vote based solely on the innate preference of a political party to a vote based on issues.
That is why Mr Frempong said that in this year’s elections, voters’ decision will be based mainly on issues and not on the preference of a political party.
On the issue of election security, he said, the research shows that most people feel the army should take responsibility.
stated that many were concerned that the activities of the political leaders would not be successfully suppressed.
He said that if people like to vote, they think the army is best suited to deal with bad guys as political avengers.
He therefore said that voters believe that their safety, as well as that of the ballot, can be better protected by the military.
Dr Maame Keki-Jandoh, head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Legon, said the results of the study were the result of a national survey conducted by the department, adding that such surveys improve citizens’ understanding of the country’s political processes and promote public participation in governance.
I’m sure this presentation will further inform what voters will say to influence their decisions in the next election and all the policies and programs they consider most important, she said.
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