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Daylight vote-buying and selling in Ghana’s politics a shameful spectacle – Afari-Gyan

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Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, a former Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), expressed grave worry on Monday about the blatant vote-buying and selling that has grown increasingly common in Ghanaian politics.

Dr. Afari-Gyan described the situation as a humiliating sight in the country’s political procedures in a sharply worded keynote presentation during the Constitution Day Public Lecture on January 8, 2024.

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Dr. Afari-Gyan expressed his concern, questioning why nothing had been done to stop this illegal activity.

He emphasized that such open and obvious vote-buying and selling tarnishes the country’s democracy.

Dr. Afari-Gyan emphasized that no civilized society participates in such heinous behavior, urging Ghana to take immediate measures to solve the problem.

“In days gone by, whatever vote-buying or selling there was took place in secrecy. It’s not so these days. What we have now looks like an open market where candidates can freely buy votes and citizens can freely sell their votes in broad daylight while we all look on seemingly unconcerned.”

“It is a shameful spectacle because vote buying and vote selling are unlawful,” he said.

Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan also gave a harsh warning about the possible ramifications of unmet pledges during his speech, emphasizing that Ghanaians may quickly lose trust in the political class if obligations are not honored.

“Our politicians spend a lot of time making and repeating promises to the electorate. One cannot be sure that even the politicians themselves believe that they can fulfil the numerous promises that they make.”

 

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