The National Democratic Congress (NDC) communications director said the party was shocked by the high level of violence and vote-buying which was witnessed during the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary elections.
Sammy Gyamfi said while such activities were being observed during the primaries of other political parties, the scenes from the NPP’s main story about buying votes “were unprecedented.”
“Our concern and I believe that the concerns of many well-meaning Ghanaians relate to the alarming levels of opulence and ostentation, vote-buying and demonstrations we have seen, combined with alarming levels of violence that we consider unprecedented,” he disclosed to Citi TV Eyewitness News.
He said the NDC was shocked by this development and showed a high level of corruption in the Akufo-Addo government.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) held it parliamentary primaries on Saturday, 21st June 2020, to elect it parliamentary candidates for each constituency across the country ahead of the December 7 polls.
Some of the sitting Members of Parliament went unopposed while others who contested lost their seat.
But just like many other political primaries in the country, this was never short of the drama that comes with and before the elections.
Several vote-buying allegations were recorded in almost all the constituencies where the elections were held especially.
Sammy Gyamfi on Monday during NDC’s weekly press conference labelled the vote-buying allegations as historic.
“Never in the history of this country have we seen candidates in internal political party elections to give out 6,000 flat-screen televisions, motorbikes and the likes. We are not talking about transportation, we are talking about big money, as much as GHS6000. Including dollars, no wonder someone like Prof. Amoako Baah described the process as a parliamentary auction rather than primaries. The position must be taken by the highest bidder,” he said.