Our promises are attainable – NPP tells IMANI

Even though IMANI Africa reserves the right to come out with their analysis, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) substantially disagrees with their position, the party’s Deputy Director of Communications, Anthony Karbo has revealed.

Policy Think Tank IMANI on Thursday published results of a finding it conducted that says that majority of promises made by the opposition New Patriotic Party are not quantifiable.

This was revealed by Deputy Head at IMANI in charge of Political and Economic Affairs, Hubert Nii-Aponsah, at a programme to analyse promises made by the various political parties ahead of the 2016 elections.

According to IMANI, “only one out of the 29 promises made by the NPP is quantifiable, 14, semi-quantifiable and 14 non-quantifiable.”

Mr. Nii-Aponsah also disclosed that 247 promises had been made by the various political parties with a little of just 100 days left for the December elections.

“Under governance, 8 promises were found, 3, semi-quantifiable, and one interesting promise was to create a western north region during his [Nana Addo’s] tenure of office. What does the constitution say about this promise? Article 5 of the Constitution says that a commission of enquiry must show the president that there is substantive demand for a new region and a referendum conducted must entail at least 50 percent of persons entitled to vote.

“And once the vote is cast, the pass rate must be 80 percent in favour of the issue. So these provisions are to be satisfied in order for the promises to fulfilled,” Nii-Amponsah said.

Reacting to the results of the research, Mr. Karbo said the NPP rejects the claims by the policy think tank.

According to him, IMANI cannot conclude that the promises made by the NPP are untenable when it is yet to reveal the details of its manifesto.

“The New Patriotic Party has not launched its manifesto, we haven’t shown in detail a lot of the policy prescriptions that we talked about, so the first point is on what basis is IMANI making this analysis,” quizzed Mr. Karbo in an interview with Accra based Joy FM.

He continued “my understanding is that IMANI is supposed to be a research think tank, so what research was conducted in the first place. The NPP was never spoken to by IMANI and my understanding is that they gleaned statements and comments made by NPP reps across radio stations and political platforms.

“That is not substantial official documentation that a research institution can rely to come out with such an analysis and it is quite clear.”

He therefore urged Ghanaians to wait for details of the flagbearer’s promises in the yet to be launched manifesto of the party.

Source: Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5FM/Mohammed Awal

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