This report examines how resonant the themes are in the minds of voters and establishes an alignment or correlation with the promises of the various political parties.
The election year of 2016 comes at a very pivotal time in the history of the 4th republic. This election is just after the first constitutional review process completed in 2015. It also comes on the back of an energy crisis that has drawn back economic growth.
The 2012 general elections were held within a tense political context. The political tension was exacerbated when Hon. Nana Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP); his running mate, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, and the then National Chairman of the NPP, late Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, filed a petition under Article 64 of the 1992 Constitution; Section 5 of the Presidential Election Act, 1992 (PNDCL 285) and Rule 68 and 68 A of the Supreme Court (Amendment) Rules 2012, CI 74, challenging the election of President John Dramani Mahama. A ruling was declared in August 2013 in favour of President John Dramani Mahama by the Supreme Court of the Republic Ghana.
Evidently, the stakes in the 2016 general elections appear to be very high; especially between the NPP and the NDC.
However, sadly, with less than 100 days to the elections, both parties have not released a holistic view of what their main focus areas would be in any significant detail.
First, this report examines how resonant the themes are in the minds of voters and on the other hand establishes an alignment or correlation with the promises of the various political parties.