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2016 polls: NDC, NPP ‘buying votes’ – CODEO

The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has cited the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for indulging in vote-buying barely a week to the December 7, elections.

According to CODEO, both the NDC and NPP parliamentary candidates were seen giving money to people and women groups in some communities especially, in the Tolon Constituency of the Northern region.

In a statement, CODEO also noted that there are reports that some parliamentary candidates distributed plastic chairs to some groups in some communities.

“Similarly, both the NDC and NPP were reported to be busing people to rally grounds, for instance in the Mampong and Kwabre East constituencies in the Ashanti region and Ellembele constituency in the Western Region,” the statement added.

CODEO also reported seeing politicians give money and other valuables to electorate in order to influence their vote.

CODEO has however called on all political parties to desist from acts such as offering money and other valuables to the electorates to influence their vote.

CODEO further calls on the Electoral Commission and the Police to be proactive and bring to book, persons or groups of persons involved in any act of vote buying because it contravenes Section 33 (1) of the Representation of The People Law, 1992, PNDCL 284.

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