Cousin of the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has opined that manifestos will not matter in the 2020 December elections as the competition will be about assessing the records of both the leading contenders, ex-President John Mahama and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as Presidents of the country, MyNewsGh.com reports.
The leading member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) explained in an interview with Umaru Sanda on CitiTv’s ‘FacetoFace’ program that although manifestos have mattered in previous elections in the country, this year’s polls present an opportunity for a fair assessment of Nana Akufo-Addo’s record as President of the country and that of former President John Mahama who equally is seeking for a second term and a second chance to steer the affairs of the country.
“Arguably this will be the easiest election for the Ghanaian voter to make a choice… It’s not about what I promise you the voter as a candidate because the promise must be measured based on what I did when I was in office. Manifestos are intentions. If you notice, it cuts across board.
Whichever democratic country you can look at, when it comes to the election, they don’t necessarily go and take every manifesto pledge so that’s why I’m talking about intention but the country can look at what you said you were going to do and then weigh that promise against the challenges, the opportunities and your delivery.”
“My point is that, the manifesto is as relevant particularly when the country has had the opportunity to assess the two…. Precisely! Manifestos may not matter as much as they did when Mahama was coming for the first time or when Akufo-Addo was coming for the first time.” Gabby said in validation of a statement the host, Umaru Sanda made in seeking clarification on whether manifestos will be of prominence in the upcoming December polls.
Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the NPP, John Boado has announced that the party will launch its 2020 manifesto on August 22, 2020.
He made this known at a press conference on Monday, August 10, 2020 of which he urged Ghanaians to be on the lookout for the policies the party has for Ghana for the next four years.
Watch an excerpt of the interview between Umaru Sanda of CitiTv and Gabby Asare Otchere Darko (G.O.D) below.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/ Evans Osei-Bonsu/ 2020