The main opposition political party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been warned to consider presenting a different person as its Presidential Candidate if they hope to win the 2024 elections.
The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) in a report on Ghana’s elections said although the party stands a chance of winning the polls, they are convinced its chances will be squandered if they present former President John Mahama as their flagbearer.
“The next parliamentary and presidential elections are due in 2024. Under the constitutionally mandated term limits, Mr Akufo-Addo cannot run for a third term. Mr Mahama is reportedly considering whether to run again, but we expect the NDC to seek to revitalise its prospects with a fresh candidate. After two terms of NPP government, we expect the NDC to win the 2024 presidential election and to gain a small majority in parliament,” the EIU said in a report sighted by GhanaNewsPage.Com.
The EIU report comes barely three weeks after the Supreme Court rejected an Election Petition Mr Mahama presented after losing the 2020 elections to incumbent, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Three months after intense trial, the Supreme Court on Thursday, March 4, 2021, ruled that the 2020 Election petition filed by John Dramani Mahama was unmeritorious.
The Justices of the Court explained that the petition was incompetent, lacked merit, and raised no reasonable cause of action because the petitioner failed to prove his case via his petition or through his witnesses.
John Mahama who represented the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the polls went to court insisting that none of the nine presidential candidates obtained the mandatory 50%+1 vote constitutional threshold to be declared the winner of the polls.
The EIU further stated that the Akufo-Addo administration, with a current razor-thin majority in Parliament, will require all of its MPs to vote, in the House, in order to push through government’s policies.
“In the 2020 parliamentary election, the NPP and the NDC each won 137 seats, but in January the one independent member of parliament (MP) announced that he would co-operate with the NPP, giving it the 138 seats needed for an effective majority.
“With a razor-thin majority, the Akufo-Addo administration will require all of its MPs to vote with the party in order to push through signature policies, which is likely to necessitate deal-making to persuade MPs, which stands to obstruct immediate policy priorities, such as reducing a large fiscal overhang through expenditure cuts and tax rises.”
On Ghana’s debt stock, the EIU noted that “the country is currently estimated to be in default, following a rise in principal arrears owed to external official creditors in 2018.”
“The current-account deficit, which is estimated to have averaged 2.8% of GDP over the past 48 months, is a drag on the score. Arrears will remain substantial, raising the perceived risk of a prolonged default among investors. Regarding the structure of the national accounts, the services sector is the largest sector of the economy, accounting for about 45% of GDP,” it added.