The December 2020 election is fast approaching and the two main political parties in Ghana – New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) – are putting in the effort to sell their campaign messages to Ghanaians ahead of the elections.
They have both launched their manifestos ahead of the elections, and because they cannot hold large rallies and campaign tours due to COVID-19, they have adopted a ‘door-to-door’ campaign approach.
Another medium which they are using to propagate their manifesto promises is social media.
The political parties, every now and again, create special hashtags to push their political agendas.
Today, the hashtags that the NPP and NDC are using are #NPPSavedTheEconomy and #ITrustJM respectively.#NPPSavedTheEconomy
The NPP are using this hashtag to outline what President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his government have done to improve the economy of Ghana from how they met it after they took over from the John Mahama-led NDC government.
They also provided figures and graphs to support their statements.
Others also quoted speeches made by vice-president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on how the NPP government have improved Ghana’s economy in four years.
John Mahama increased electricity tariffs by 45% annually. @NAkufoAddo has reduced electricity tariffs. It was at the peak of the dumsor crisis that we had some of the most outrageous increment in electricity tariffs!!! #NPPSavedTheEconomy #4More4Nana pic.twitter.com/21ZQ1SSSX1— osikani__afoakwa (@AfoakwaOsikani) September 17, 2020
The NPP has made the lives of Ghanaian’s better.— N.B.A (@Boakyewaa_N) September 17, 2020
– ECG tariffs reduced by 11%
– Monetary Policy rate 14.5% decrease
– Cedi Depreciation has reduced by 8.7%
– Government jobs 1.78 million increase.
– NABCO 100,000
– Import duty has been reduced by 50%
Capitation Grant increased under President Akufo-Addo #LeadershipOfService #4More4Nana— N.B.A (@Boakyewaa_N) September 17, 2020
Don't forget John Mahama sent Ghana to IMF over poor and mismanagement of our economy.— Riches (@ahiakah_richard) September 17, 2020
‘’GH successfully issued the longest dated Eurobond ever issued by a Sub-Saharan African country with investors placing $15bn of orders for GH's 41-year Eurobond. The 7-year Bond issued has 29 attracted the lowest coupon rates ever for GH at 6.4%''[email protected] #NPPSavedTheEconomy— Sir Qwajo ♔ Jedidiah (@QwajoJedidiah) September 17, 2020
‘’…for the first time in over twenty years, the trade balance (the difference between what we export and what we import) recorded a surplus in 2017, a larger surplus in 2018, and an even larger surplus in 2019.’’[email protected] #NPPSavedTheEconomy pic.twitter.com/h8ntKVRSp1— Ibn Habib (@HabibMaajid) September 17, 2020
Industry growth increased from 4.3% in 2016 to 15.7% in 2017, 10.6% in 2018 and a projected 8.8% in 2019. Growth in the service sector almost doubled from 2.8% in 2016 to a projected 5.4% in 2019.’’[email protected] #NPPSavedTheEconomy pic.twitter.com/SBm76ZyQwM— Kay (@Kwesi_Agyei_) September 17, 2020
‘“..For three years in a row; GH’s primary balance surplus was 0.5% of GDP in 2017, 1.4% in 2018, & 0.9% in 2019 compared to a primary deficit of 1.1% of GDP in 2016. A positive primary balance means a slowing down in the rate of debt accumulation.’’[email protected] #NPPSavedTheEconomy pic.twitter.com/SMyu8Qur8p— Sir Qwajo ♔ Jedidiah (@QwajoJedidiah) September 17, 2020
While the NPP were giving reasons why Ghanaians need to vote for them again, the NDC were also pushing their own agenda on Twitter.
The used this hashtag to indicate the track record of ex-President John Dramani Mahama, and why they trust him to be the best leader for Ghana.
They also indicated that they trust Mr Mahama to deliver all the promises the NDC made in ‘The People’s Manifesto’.
I trust JM and the next NDC administration to supervise the accelerated growth of this country through the implementation of transformational policies that creates thriving environments for all, including the youth, less privileged and down trodden in society! #iTrustJM pic.twitter.com/1hSj3vQJ1a— Mr. Ray 🇬🇭 (@TheEdemTamekloe) September 17, 2020
#iTrustJM because he has solid track record of infrastructure, good governance and solid anti corruption #JohnMahama2020— Dzifa GUNU (@DzifaGUNU) September 17, 2020
#iTrustJM b’cos he is an outstanding, intelligent, competent, visionary, Christian etc. He promises & deliver: he is not a ‘corruption clearing agent’ like @NAkufoAddo: he never formed a family & friends gov’t. He believed in Ghana & so he puts Ghana first during his regime.✍️🤳— Abena Nsia Nyarko 🇬🇭🇺🇸 (@NsiaAvena) September 17, 2020
John Mahama promised to regulate and legalize Okada. He has the blue print to this policy. He thinks about people this is why #iTrustJM— NanaYaa Prempeh (@PrempehNanayaa) September 17, 2020
#iTrustJM to deliver on these life changing policies. Ghana will be RESCUED and brought back to the path of prosperity pic.twitter.com/HBnPncUs93— Akosua Ampofo (@AkosuaAmpofo4) September 17, 2020
John Dramani Mahama is committed,has and will never relent in his resolve to pursue a better Ghana where equal opportunities exist,decent jobs are readily available for her citizens and prosperity not a reserve for a selected few but for all.#ItrustJM pic.twitter.com/sh5iig6Rqp— VigiNii (@jjaryee) September 17, 2020
#iTrustMahama to provide 1 million sustainable and decent jobs to the able youth of this country…#JMandJane2020 #iTrustJM #JohnMahama2020 pic.twitter.com/cxRB1F2DCO— MrOpare (@mista_opare) September 17, 2020
#iTrustJM to deliver his One million decent and sustainable jobs over four years. He is trustworthy and honest. #JohnMahama2020 pic.twitter.com/9YKMrIgQ5n— Awudu Sheriff Belko Jnr (@AwuduBelko24) September 17, 2020
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