Director of Legal Affairs for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Lawyer Abraham Amaliba has urged delegates who will be voting in the party’s upcoming regional election not to allow money influence their choice of candidates.
“They should avoid allowing money to influence their decisions. I have also said that the monetization of our elections is partly due to the delegates. In recent times it appears delegates will take the money and then do what those people who gave them the money are expecting but if delegates will develop the habit of taking the money but not voting for those people; I’m sure candidates who put money first before their competence, will stop doing that. So entreat the delegates to develop that attitude of taking money from people and punishing them. That I think will also reduce the monetization of our democratic processes.”
Speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today, October 24, 2022, Lawyer Amaliba mentioned that there were reported cases of vote buying in the constituency level election of the party that was held over the weekend.
“There’ve been complaints all over the place. People called to say that monies were used; people shared a number of items all in an attempt to influence the delegates. But I think that it’s important for the delegates to also develop that attitude of punishing those who try to monetize our democracy.”
According to the NDC’s Director of Legal Affairs, the party frowns against monetization of elections.
“As a party we frown against that. At the national level you’ve heard some of the national leaders openly tell candidates or if you want delegates as well to ensure that they vote for people they know they can work. I think that it’s only a person who is deficient and is not capable of working who would want to use money to influence the delegates. So as a party we frown upon that.”
He explained that the party is yet to receive the full report on the elections from the constituencies for a full review of the activities that took place at the constituency level elections.
The regional level elections of the NDC are expected to be held on the 12th and 13th November, 2022.
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