The November 2011 Economist Intelligence Report has predicted that results of next year’s Presidential and parliamentary elections will be close, just as was witnessed in the 2008 elections.
President Mills won the run-off presidential election in 2008 to become the president of the nation with some 40,000 votes, in a poll described as one of the closest in the world.
According to the report, “President Mills, and his ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will find it difficult to balance their attention between trying to heal intra-party divisions and moving the development programme forward”.
The report continues, “Public squabbles within the NDC will be seized on by the opposition. The elections due in December 2012 are expected to be close, therefore, with Mr Mills and the NDC only slight favourites despite their incumbency”.
Despite assurance to the business community by government that it would avoid overspending during the election year in order to maintain a stable economy, the EIU disagrees.
“Economic policy will centre on bringing down the large fiscal deficit and repaying domestic arrears that have built up. However, as the 2012 elections draw closer, fiscal discipline is expected to slip, before improving in 2013”, the report reads.
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