By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
About 6.0% Ghanaians says they have not decided to vote or not to vote for the forthcoming Presidential elections in December 7, 2016, NCCE Matters of Concern to the Ghanaian voter survey has reveal.
However, 4.3% Ghanaians are saying they will not vote at all for this election while about 89.7% of the populates are of optimistic to vote this year.
The respondents reasons why they were not sure of voting includes that political parties keep disappointing the electorate, recording as the highest percentage of 34.5%. The second highest percentage of 24.7% was respondents not having interest in voting.
Some of the reasons were economic hardship/high cost of living 7.6%, yet to evaluate party’s manifestos 6.9%, uncertain of being around on the voting day 4.0%, I have not transferred my vote/may not go to the polling station 3.1%, due to old age/ill-health 2.2%, problems at the polling station 2.2%, lost ID card 2.0%, voting is secret and confidential 0.9%, don’t know 5.6%. Any other 0.7%, and no response 5.6%.
As to what would make these people vote in this year’s election, the respondents said nothing can convince/ influence them to vote/only by divine intervention (38.4%), whilst 74 (23.3 %) of the respondents said if they saw improvement in their standard of living.
Others too expected good policies/sound, campaign message which would make them vote, whilst 2 (0.4 %) respondents had no response and among others.
Of the 448 respondents who said they will not vote in the Parliamentary elections, reasons adduced included their candidates/MPs disappointing them and the lack of developmental activity in their constituency.
This people will be willing to vote if MPs have the well-being of the people at heart, the survey stated. Others includes development in my constituency, improvement in living conditions, financial inducement/ Vote for monetary gains, a well informed youthful MP, replacement of voters ID cards/ Find voters ID card and other things.
Meanwhile, Ghanaians are saying that most important reasons why they voted for particular candidate is to exercise their civic responsibility came second with 25.5% while the party or candidate can be trusted was third with 24.8% of respondents.