A post-election survey conducted by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has revealed that 53% of Ghanaians doubt the Akufo-Addo led government can protect the public purse.
The research which was conducted between May 3, and June 3 this year took place across all the 16 regions in the country with 2,400 adult respondents.
According to the majority of the respondents in the research, they are less optimistic about the current government’s ability to protect financial resources.
Details of the report also revealed that indicated that more than half of the populace believe the President cannot curb corruption and impunity by his officials.
President Akufo-Addo during the buildup to the 2016 polls campaigned on a mantra to protect the public purse and deal ruthlessly with corruption, which secured him an overwhelming mandate.
But several years down the line, some Ghanaians have had cause to question his commitment to fighting graft after several scandals continue to break.
This translated into the NPP’s results during the 2020 polls as the party lost 21 of its seats to the opposition NDC which increased its tally from 106 to 137.
This prompted CDD-Ghana to conduct the survey to ascertain the sharp decrease of the NPP’s seats in Parliament and also understand the decline in the President’s vote margin as compared to 2016.
Presenting the findings of the report on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, Research Director at CDD-Ghana, Dr Edem Selormey said over 55% of respondents attributed the NPP’s poor showing at the 2020 polls to the President’s policy decisions and actions during his first term in office.
The research further revealed that the actions of some government appointees contributed to the significant loss of votes in the 2020 elections with most respondents attributing the loss of NPP seats to their non-performance as Parliamentarians.