Ignoring the right data, researching your political decisions can cost you dearly in the 2024 election

General information for Monday, December 27, 2021

Source: Emmanuel Edusei Boateng, Contributor

Mr. Mussa Dankwah, Executive Director of Global InfoAnalytics

Lack of adequate data and research bases for political party decisions accounts for over 50% of their electoral woes.

The Executive Director of Global InfoAnalytics, Mr. Mussa Dankwah made the remarks in response to the numerous reform proposals submitted by the Executive Council of the New Patriotic Party, during the Congress of Delegates which has just ended for amendments without any data providing a basic acceptance for such proposals or reforms. .

The research and poll specialist lamented the flawed way in which political parties and even the government pass or introduce critical reforms without backing such decisions with the scientific and objective research necessary to determine the far-reaching implications and, most importantly, its suitability for the intended beneficiaries.

Mr Dankwah said his call was “born out of field data reports from respondents interviewed in their most recent political survey conducted before the 2020 election, which among other things revealed that the main reason for political disloyalty was the exclusive nature of the decision of the political party -taking procedures in particular in the nomination of parliamentary candidates and persons appointed by the local government. ‘

Mr Dankwah explained that many decisions such as changing the party’s name, immunity for MPs seats and determining the period of time to elect a flag bearer, among others, should be considered on the basis objective analysis of field data.

He pointed out that an alert political population like Ghana has become finer and more demanding in the business of political decision-making.

“As such, the most reliable approach is to test some of these fundamental reforms or proposals before seeking to implement them to avoid grassroots apathy,” he noted.

Sean N. Ayres