NPP support falling – NCCE

npp_supporters-NPP support falling - NCCEThe National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) on Monday revealed
that the electorate’s support for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP)
was on the decline as compared to the rating in Election 2004, which
the party won.

The
hike in oil prices, astronomic increases in the cost of foodstuffs, the
general economic hardship and yearning for a change of government are
attributed to the low rating for the ruling party, a nationwide survey
by the NCCE has revealed.

The survey’s statistics indicated that
out of sample size of 5,520 respondents, 2,360 representing 42.9 per
cent rooted for the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC)
to win the December general elections.

The ruling NPP was rated
second with 2,341 respondents, representing 42.6 per cent. 

The
rejuvenated Convention People’s Party (CPP) picked the third spot with
345 respondents representing 6.3 per cent and the People’s National
Convention (PNC) was rated fourth with only 60 respondent representing
1.1 per cent.

The survey conducted in all the 230 constituencies
in April this year indicated that there were 936 respondents from
Ashanti Region, NPP’s stronghold, followed by the Eastern Region with
676 respondents; Greater Accra, 648 respondents and the Northern Region
with 624 respondents.

Other regional statistics were Brong
Ahafo, 576 respondents; Western, 528 respondents; Volta, 504
respondents; Central, 456 respondents; Upper East, 312 respondents and
Upper West, 240 respondents.

Ms Gertrude Zakaria-Ali, NCCE
Director of Research, who presented the report at a day’s review
meeting, explained that 351, representing 6.4 per cent, were unwilling
to indicate their political preference. The survey sought to provide
political parties with issues that voters would like them to address,
offer policymakers and civil society groups critical areas that the
electorate wanted them to address concerning issues raised.

On
voters’ participation in the forthcoming general elections, the survey,
according to Ms Zakaria-Ali, found a whopping majority of 5,327 (96.7
per cent) out of the 5,520 respondents indicating their willingness to
vote. Only 154 respondents representing 2.8 per cent said no, whereas
15 representing 0.3 per cent failed to indicate their participation in
the election.

The regional statistics on participation in
Election 2008 indicate that the Northern Region topped the list with 99
per cent of respondents willing to vote whilst the Greater Accra Region
had the least number of respondents 95.1 per cent who are willing to
vote.

Ms Zakaria-Ali said most respondents were unwilling to
vote in Greater Accra because of the failure of politicians to find
solutions to the negative effects of urbanization, high rate of
unemployment, lack of social amenities and high crime rate.

The
review meeting was jointly chaired by Mrs Augustina Akosuah Akumanyi,
NCCE Deputy Chairperson, in-charge of programmes and Mr Baron Amoafo,
Deputy Chairman in-charge of finance and administration. It was
attended by representatives of some political parties, civil society
activists and media practitioners. 18 Aug. 08