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NDC members urged to desist from vote-buying ahead of presidential primaries

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As the National Democratic Congress (NDC) prepares to hold its presidential primaries on May 13, Patrick Ndego, the Convener of Eagle Eyesight, has called on party members to avoid the practice of vote-buying. Speaking at a press conference on May 8, Ndego emphasized that vote-buying is a harmful practice that distorts the democratic process and undermines the legitimacy of political officeholders.

Ndego pointed out that the practice of offering incentives to voters has been observed in many constituencies, with candidates giving out money and other inducements to sway voters. He warned that candidates who engage in this practice are only seeking to select weak candidates for the NDC, which would ultimately benefit the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

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The issue of vote-buying has been a long-standing concern in Ghanaian politics, with many stakeholders and civil society organizations calling for systematic monitoring of the practice during campaign periods. By naming and shaming parties that engage in the practice, it is hoped that vote-buying can be reduced or eliminated altogether.

Ndego stressed that the only way to ensure free and fair elections is to eliminate vote-buying from the electoral process. He urged all NDC members to reject any inducements offered by candidates and instead vote based on the merits of their policies and plans for the party and the country.

For the most part, Ndego’s message has been well received, with many NDC members expressing their support for his call to end the practice of vote-buying. However, it remains to be seen whether all candidates and their supporters will heed the call and refrain from offering incentives to voters.

In a nutshell, the NDC’s presidential primaries represent a critical moment for the party and the country, and it is vital that the electoral process is conducted in a free, fair, and transparent manner. By eliminating vote-buying and other harmful practices, the party can choose the best candidate to lead it into the 2024 presidential elections.

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