The National Democratic Congress only achieved 52.9 percent of its 2012 manifesto promises, according to Policy Think Tank IMANI Africa.
Addressing a programme titled Final Report Card on the ruling NDC’s promises made in its 2012 manifesto on Thursday Mr. Brian Dzansi, Director of Technology and Social Media at IMANI, said “If I will take you back to our scale, we had different rates for each of our sub-themes and when we put all the data together into that scale, we scored 52.9 percent but one will ask, what does the 52.9 per cent, which is a fair performance, mean?”
Mr. Dzansi further added that as researchers, IMANI collated “all these promises, about 500 of them, and collect data on each of the promise. We did our analysis and we did our scoring. Then we went to validate this with the ministries, departments, and agencies and this was the final score we came out with.”
Mr. Dzansi continued “Now we throw it back to you, the listener and the voter. What does 52.9 per cent performance mean to you? We pose the question if the NDC has been able to fulfil 52.9 per cent of their promise. Has it impacted your life? Has our livelihood improved over the last four years if 52.9 per cent of these promises were fulfilled? If the answer is no, then we need to ask ourselves one critical question: ‘Were the promises even what we actually needed?’”
“Ghanaians should also ask ourselves the new promises which the political parties are coming out with right now for the 2016 elections, we need to demand that these promises are smart, they should be specific, we want them to be measurable, we want them to be achievable, we want them to be relevant to our situations and we want them to be time-bound.
“Because when we were doing the scoring, one thing we realised was that most of the promises were really vague – ‘we will encourage’, ‘we will try’ – those promises are very difficult to track and do those promises actually solve our problems? That is the question we are throwing out there to you. We are demanding that moving forward, all political powers should come out with very smart promises.”
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