With the NDC suffering one million deficit in the 2016 presidential elections, the latest Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) report has ruled out the possibility of an upset in the 2020 general elections.
According to the report available to JoyNews, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by President Nana Akufo-Addo will retain power come the 2020 polls.
“Our forecast that the 2020 polls are the NDC's to lose remains unchanged,” parts of the report reads.
Using Ghana’s improved macroeconomy as its lenses into the 2020 elections, the EIU says “it will be difficult for the NDC under Mr Mahama to portray itself as the better custodian of Ghana's economy”
Since handing over a real GDP of 3.5 in 2016 to NPP management, Ghana’s economy has recorded 6.3 in 2018 and is predicted to finish 2018 on 6.4 before dipping to 5.5 in the election year, the EIU predicts.
The “fairly strong” outlook on the economy, it said will outdo the NDC’s chances.
The report mentions possible weakness in the NPP election machinery, highlighting voter apathy and a disgruntled base who may feel left out on political opportunities as 123 ministers remain the main beneficiaries of these opportunities.
It also mentions that the NPP parliamentary primaries if not well managed may led to disaster.
Outside the party, the general concern remains job creation with the government still chalking “patchy” successes with its industrialization plans, the EIU says.
But these weaknesses nonetheless, the NDC needs to present a “coherent opposition” and target the “unfilled campaign promises” of the NPP mainly on jobs, the EIU says.
The effect of a focused opposition, the EIU says is that the general elections “could be closely contested.”