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Election 2020: Most Ghanaians voted based on party policies, says EPPI survey

A survey conducted in January 2021 by EPPI shows that a majority of Ghanaians voted on the basis of the political parties’ policies

A survey conducted in January 2021 by the European Public Policy Institute (EPPI), a research organisation focusing on political and social development in Africa, Asia and the Americas, shows that the voting choices of most Ghanaians in the 7 December 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections were motivated by the policies presented by their political party of preference.

For the research by the EPPI, findings of which have just been released, a nationally representative sample of 1,258 eligible responses was collected from all 16 regions of Ghana. The margin of error of the research findings was +/- 3%.

The answers by respondents to the survey showed that the policies of the political party or government, the political party on its own as an entity, and the personality of particular presidential candidates were the three factors which influenced whom they decided eventually to vote for.

The survey also looked at who the probable candidates of the two main political parties, the NPP and the NDC, are likely to be in 2024 and which of them stands the better chance of winning the election.


The European Public Policy Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fostering global integration through analysis and debate.

It supports and challenges decision-makers at all levels to make informed decisions based on sound research and analysis, and provides a platform for engaging partners, stakeholders and citizens in the debate about the future of the developing world.

The EPPI works with partners throughout the European Union, Africa, Asia and the Americas who share similar objectives and values. The Institute engages with other policy research organisations in these regions of the world, exchanging ideas and producing joint policy recommendations.

More soon . . .

Wilberforce Asare

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