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Akufo-Addo’s ‘vote-buying tactic’ angers Addai Nimoh

General News of Saturday, 18 October 2014

Source: citifmonline.com

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The camp of New Patriotic Party flagbearer hopeful, Addai Nimoh, is furious over Nana Addo’s decision to share monies and distribute letters at voting centres, urging the delegates to vote for him [Nana Addo].

Some constituency executives including the Okaikoi North, Gomoa West and the Bortianor Negleshie Amanfrom constituencies confirmed to Citi News that Nana Addo asked them to share Ghc10 and Ghc25 to the delegates to take care of their transportation.

They were also given letters signed by Nana Addo, urging them to vote for him.

This, according to the camp of Addai Nimoh, is against the rules of the elections which bars candidates from campaigning on the day of elections.

An aide to Addai Nimoh, Patrick Kofi Addo fumed in an interview with Citi News: “Today, if I’m going to vote and you call me aside and give me an envelope with a letter convincing me to vote for you with money in it, it is campaigning; you’ve breached the laws. So that candidate can be disqualified, he should be.”

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Citi News’ Rabiu Alhassan reported, “there is this envelope being given out to each of the delegates who will go and form a queue right next to the table that is supposed to give out that letter and the 10 Ghana cedis.”

He said some party members at the centre raised concerns as to “why those letters and monies are being distributed.”

Calm has however been restored to the area, and voting is going on smoothly.

Nana Akufo-Addo earlier promised to foot the transportation bills of delegates who would be voting at various polling centres.

Nana Addo’s aide, Henry Quartey however emphasized that the money and the letter were not aimed at inducing delegates to vote for him.

In a related development, Citi News’ Central Regional Correspondent Akwesi Prempeh, reported from the Gomoa West Constituency that delegates queued after voting to receive an amount of Ghc25.

The Chairman of the NPP in the area, Bismark Inkoom, who confirmed the information to Citi News explained that, “What is going on there is something normal. Under normal circumstances we are supposed to have been able to transport our delegates from the various locations in our constituency, about 96 locations to the centre but then we couldn’t raise money early enough to be able to do this organization.”

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He added that “so once we got money from our patrons….yester night, we tried convince the delegates to try and come on their own so that after voting we can transport them back.”