The governing New Patriotic Party is set to have the backing of its core support base in the Ashanti Region should Presidential elections be held today, according to a latest Afrobarometer survey, ABC News can report.
The report also detailed that unlike the New Patriotic Party, the country’s largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress may be hit by voter apathy as less than 50% of respondents in their core stronghold of the Volta Region expressed interest to vote for the party should elections be held today.
According to the Afrobarometer report, 54% of respondents in the Ashanti Region, the stronghold of the governing party, stated that they will vote NPP should elections be held while 12% said they will vote for the NDC.
Whereas in the stronghold of the NDC, 40% indicated they will vote the party while the NPP had 9% of respondents backing them for victory in the next polls.
In the 2016 general elections, which the NDC led by its current flagbearer, then as President, John Dramani Mahama lost in a historic defeat, pundits believe voter apathy in Volta Region, partially due to the Mahama Government’s alleged poor performance and neglect of the region, played a key role.
The Afrobarometer survey conducted by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) also disclosed increasing levels of either voter apathy or voter indecision should elections be held now.
The percentage, 42%, according to the CDD’s report on the Afrobarometer survey is the highest recorded since 2008.
Youth and Urban dwellers constituted the majority of undecided or apathetic voters based on results of the survey.
“When asked which party’s candidate they would vote for if presidential elections were held the following day, more than four in 10 Ghanaians (42%) said they would not vote (11%), did not know (12%), or refused to answer the question (19%). The proportion of Ghanaians who said they would not vote and who did not declare a voting intention is the highest recorded in Afrobarometer surveys going back to 2008. Youth were twice as likely as older citizens to say they would not vote (14% of those aged 18-35 vs. 7% of those aged 56 and above), as were urban residents (15%) compared to rural residents (7%)” the report stated.
Notwithstanding the levels of apathy and indecision, majority of the respondents indicated they will vote the NPP government led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo should elections be held today.
The government held a 12-point gap over the opposition NDC receiving endorsement from 34% of the respondents while the NDC managed 22%.
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