Several new candidates who emerged victorious at the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary primaries on Saturday have denied any claims of vote-buying.
Citi News reported an incident in which police at the Otaten polling station in the Ablekuma North constituency in the Greater Accra Region prevented supporters of some aspirants from distributing envelopes while the elections process was still in progress.
Several delegates in various constituencies have disclosed that they have received cash and other items from aspirants.
But some candidates have described the action as a form of appreciation to the delegates.
In an interview with Citi News, NPP parliamentary candidate-elect for Okaikoi South Constituency, Dakoa Newman said money was not the main contributing factor for her victory.
“What was spent the most, besides money, was our time and energy. People spend so much money, but this is not about money. To be honest, if it was about money, I would not have won. I did not sort delegates. Everything is politics and dynamics is different. Some people distribute things, others don’t, but it’s good to show gratitude to the delegates,” she said.
Davis Opoku Ansah, Mpraeso parliamentary candidate-elect believes that he does not have the financial means to convince delegates to vote out the incumbent but admitted that financial support is needed to be successful.
“You certainly have to employ door to door strategy, you also have people who visit you to listen to your message, so you have to pay for their transportation. This way you spend a lot of money. I always think that someone has to make a winning choice, requiring very good, strong local techniques and then money, everyone spends money, but the reality is that money doesn’t win elections, I’m not sure if that money won me the position, I don’t have the means to overtake sitting MPs,” he suggested.