A Senior lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Asah-Asante has said the country’s economy will determine whether the New Patriotic Party (NPP) will stay in power after the 2024 General elections.
According to him, one of the key factors that influence voting is the economy of the country. Therefore, if the country’s economy is in bad shape then there is a high possibility of the government losing power in the next election.
His comments follow research made by the international research and market information firm, Fitch Solutions which indicated that the majority of Ghanaians trust the opposition NDC to manage the economy better than the NPP.
“If we look slightly more into the future, certainly general elections in 2024, we believe that at this point the opposition NDC is most likely to win. Public trust within the government is extremely low at the moment and entire committee sentiments are likely to grow further in the next year due to economic hardship.
“When (we) asked Ghanaians who they trust most with the economy, an overwhelming majority of respondents opted for the opposition NDC, informing you that a government change is likely in 2025 after the general elections in 2024”, Senior Country Risk Analyst of Fitch Solutions , Mike Kruninger said.
Speaking in an interview on Joy FM’s NewsNight on Monday, Dr. Asah Asante said, “If you look at the point of view of economic development, then you realise that the mess that we found ourselves in is a strong indication that really will influence a voter’s choices. Take it or leave it that’s a fact that the economy drives voters into voting for one direction or another.”
He continued that “now that we find ourselves in this difficult time if the economy is not improved then I don’t know the kind of message the government will tell the electorates.”
Dr. Kwame Asah Asante also explained that it will be more difficult for the government to convince Ghanaians to vote NPP into power if the International Monetary Fund (IMF) comes on to help restore the country’s economic crisis.
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