Majority of respondents in CCD survey doubt Akufo-Addo’s administration can protect public purse

Post-election research conducted by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has revealed that majority of Ghanaians interviewed doubt the ability of the Akufo-Addo government, to protect the country’s financial resources.

They have no confidence that the incumbent government can curb corruption over the next four years.

The respondents also said, they are less optimistic about the administration’s ability to reduce crime.

The survey, which was carried out between May 3, and June 3 this year, took place across all the 16 regions in the country with 2,400 adults as respondents.

President Akufo-Addo won the 2016 elections on the back of a pledge to protect the public purse. 

However, during the 2020 general election, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) lost 21 of its Parliamentary seats to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) increasing the latter’s seats from 106 to 137.

In view of this, a cross-section of Ghanaians were interviewed to ascertain the cause of the sharp decrease of the NPP’s presence in Parliament, from 169 to 137.

The survey also sought to understand the decline in the President’s vote margin in 2020 (51.59% of valid votes cast) as compared to 2016 ( 53.58% of valid votes cast) and asked whether things could change during his final term.

Presenting the results on Tuesday, Research Director at CDD-Ghana, Dr Edem Selormey, noted that 58% of respondents attributed the reduction in the President’s vote margin to his policy decisions and actions during his first term in office.

She added that per their findings, the actions of President Akufo-Addo’s appointees contributed to the loss of votes in the 2020 elections.

According to the research, most respondents attributed the loss of seats, by NPP MP’s, to their non-performance as Parliamentarians and bad campaign approaches.

She noted that some respondents explained that they favoured the NDC in order to punish the NPP for negligence.

Reacting to the findings, the NDC’s Director of International Relations, Alex Segbefia, said the results confirm that the Akufo-Addo government has shown less commitment to eradicating corruption.

He, therefore, stressed that the results should serve as a wake-up call for government to nib the menace in the bud.

“When violence occurs during elections and people behave in a certain way and no action is taken, then how will Ghanaians feel that corruption will ever be dealt with?

“Things have happened previously which were not captured in this survey. So this is one aspect of the survey that should not surprise any Ghanaian,” he said.

But former National Chairman of the NPP, Peter Mac Manu refuted the claims, adding that government is on track to attack corruption in the country.

Citing the pre-election survey conducted by the same institution, Mr Mac Manu said 55% of the respondents believed that the Akufo-Addo administration is working earnestly to eradicate the menace from the system.

By: Joseph Ackah-Blay & Ama Cromwell | MyJoyonline.com

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