A recent pre-election survey conducted by pro-democracy and governance group, Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) has revealed that about 70% of Ghanaians perceive the country to be heading in the wrong direction as opposed to 24% who believe the contrary.
The survey further revealed that a good majority of Ghanaian electorates hold Unemployment, Power Crisis and Education as key priorities that should drive the policy direction of candidates in this year’s elections.
They want electioneering campaigns by the various political parties to focus on how these issues can be addressed after December polls.
A senior research fellow at the CDD-Ghana, Daniel Armah-Attoh, addressing journalists in Accra Tuesday said: “Ghanaians place unemployment, electricity, and education on the top policy priority list they want the 2016 polls to address, and yet, a clear majority assesses government’s performance in addressing their policy priorities negatively”.
“Indeed, a narrow majority seems to believe that another political party can do a better job. A solid majority of Ghanaians claim the following factors will have a great deal or some influence on the choices of candidates and parties in the 2016 polls – bad roads, government corruption, power outages, high prices of foodstuffs, access to medical care, use of abusive language, and posturing of politicians.
“However, Ghanaians say the following factors will have no influence on their vote choices, that is, whether a candidate offers them a gift or not, whether the candidate shares in their religious faith, or the candidate comes from their home region.
“The mood of the electorate going into the 2016 polls is broadly negative. Seven in 10 Ghanaians believe that the country is going in the wrong direction and nearly half blame this completely on mostly the government.
“Nonetheless, Ghanaians are split in their evaluation of the job performance of the president and Members of Parliament. Nearly half approve the overall job performance of the president and their respective MPs but the rest disapprove.”
Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM/Kobina Welsing