Founder and President of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Franklin Cudjoe

Founder and President of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Franklin Cudjoe has described as stingy, the 14 per cent rating of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) manifesto achievement by opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Contributing on the tussle between the two political parties on Adom FM’s current affairs show, Burning Issues, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Mr Cudjoe said even though the 14 per cent is laughable, he is happy with the manifesto rating exercise.

He explained that the NDC may not be objective with the rating due to the populism attached to the exercise saying the score, “in the realm of politics are allowed but they are very stingy”.

Additionally, the IMANI president added that the politicking aspect of the rating should be minimised irrespective of the fact that the NDC is undertaking the exercise to win power.

Mr. Cudjoe further reiterated his happiness with the exercise as it exhibits how manifestos are becoming an important element in Ghana’s democracy, rather than being a mere document.

“We are moving forward and I think it is important” he told host, Akua Boakyewaa Yiadom.

He nevertheless averred that, the political parties should map out means of financing their manifesto promises, instead of relying on taxation.

The policy think tank, in the latter part of 2019 scored the Akufo-Addo administration 48.78 per cent after assessing the delivery of its 2016 manifesto promises to Ghanaians.

According to IMANI, manifesto promises which have seen complete implementation made up about 27 per cent of the total commitments made by the NPP in 2016, as noted in its summary of the report.

These findings were based on research it undertook to assess the extent to which promises the NPP made before the elections have been fulfilled. Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo later came to score his administration 78 per cent in fulfillment of their manifesto promises against the 48.78 per cent rated by IMANI.