Founder and President of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Franklin Cudjoe, has described as stingy, the 14 percent rating of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) manifesto achievement by the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Contributing on the tussle between the two political parties on Adom FM’s current affairs show, Burning Issues Wednesday night, Mr Cudjoe said even though the 14 percent was laughable, he was happy with the manifesto rating exercise.
He explained that the NDC may not be objective with the rating due to the populism attached to the exercise, saying the score, “in the realm of politics are allowed but they are very stingy”.
Additionally, the IMANI president said the politicking aspect of the rating should be minimised irrespective of the fact that the NDC was undertaking the exercise to win power.
Mr Cudjoe further reiterated his happiness with the exercise as it exhibits how manifestos are becoming an important element in Ghana’s democracy, rather than being a mere document.
“We are moving forward and I think it is important,” he told host, Akua Boakyewaa Yiadom.
He averred, however that the political parties should map out means of financing their manifesto promises, instead of relying on taxation.
The policy think tank, in the latter part of 2019 scored the Akufo-Addo administration 48.78 percent after assessing the delivery of its 2016 manifesto promises to Ghanaians.
According to IMANI, manifesto promises which have seen complete implementation made up about 27 per cent of the total commitments made by the NPP in 2016, as noted in its summary of the report.
The findings were based on research Imani undertook to assess the extent to which promises the NPP made before the elections have been fulfilled.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo later came to score his administration 78 percent based on the fulfillment of his party’s manifesto promises against the 48.78 per cent rating by IMANI.