The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George Nartey, has said the NPP’s breaking the 8 agenda is a mere rhetoric and cannot be actualized.
The New Patriotic Party is driving the agenda with hopes of winning the 2024 general elections. This is to rule the country for four more years, a feat that is rare in Ghana’s political scene.
But the National Democratic Congress MP insist that agenda will not materialize because all is not well in the party.
“How would they break the 8? They are instead breaking themselves into pieces,” he said.
The legislator further accused the NPP of vote buying in their national executives election held today, July,16,2024 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
” The amount of money that is being thrown around to entice delegates from a party that has moved this country into an economic mess, you would have expected that they would have been very decent. But the accounts we are hearing about monies that are being paid to delegates are serious.” he said while joining a delegation from the NDC.
In an interview with the media, the MP claimed the vote buying is the reason the Conference did not start on time.
“The conference should have started at 9am; it’s past 12, and the delegates are being held up in meetings with candidates giving them monies,” he added.
It will be recalled that Mr. Stephen Asamoah Boateng had earlier criticized his colleague aspirants of bribing the delegates at the conference.
Mr. Boateng, a candidate of the NPP’s chairmanship had claimed that some candidates were paying delegates to influence their votes.
Vote buying remains a threat to Ghana’s democracy as it poses serious challenges to free and fair elections, and the legitimacy of political office holders.
Each election year and in almost every local and institutional elections, the issue of vote buying re-surfaces as it has almost become part of every election in Ghana.
Many stakeholders within the political space, as well as leaders of civil society organisations, have been calling for the need for systematic monitoring of the issue of vote buying during campaign periods.
This will encourage naming and shaming political parties who engage in the practice, in order to reduce or cure the canker.