Mr. Kwabena Aborampah Mensah of the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has revealed that vote buying is a criminal offense which is damaging the political system in the country.
“Vote buying is a criminal offense in its own way, and it is spoiling and monetizing our politics,” he told Samuel Kojo Brace, Host of the Jolly Breakfast Show (JBS) on Skyy Power FM.
He was speaking on the recent purchase of two hundred and seventy-five (275) buses for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) by the then Acting Chairman of the Party, Freddie Blay. The buses, according to Mr. Blay, is to help the Executives of various constituencies to generate revenue to run the affairs of the Party in those constituencies. This development has been met with a lot of condemnation, especially with regards to the time they came in.
Referring to the extravagance of politics in Ghana, he cautioned that, measures have to be enacted to keep the phenomenon under control, else politics will be for the rich and this will kill the quality of it.
“If care is not taken, in a short while, you can’t involve yourself in politics if you are not rich, and this will kill the quality,” he said.
He disclosed that, the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) and Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition have not been able to sue anyone because it is difficult for them to get witnesses to testify. He therefore urged all Ghanaians to get involved in solving the issue.
Story By: Helena Cromwell/Skyy News/Takoradi.