The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has accused President John Mahama and the NPP running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia of engaging in acts that could be interpreted as vote buying ahead of the December polls.
According to the GII, President Mahama’s decision to distribute outboard motors to residents in the Coastal areas as part of his campaign is intended to win him votes.
“On August 16, 2016, during President John Mahama’s publicly announced four-day campaign tour of the Western Region, outboard motors and pans were distributed to fishermen in Sekondi. On 17th August, 2016, the Spokesperson of the NDC Campaign, Mrs. Joyce Bawa Mogtari indicated…that the distribution of outboard motors were part of an on-going government intervention. She stated that the items were purchased with state funds. The Coalition officially considers this particular incident as unfortunate and a demonstration of the incumbent government engaging in acts that constitute abuse of incumbency,” GII said in its latest report.
The anti-graft agency also faulted the NPP running mate of strategically volunteering some communal assistance with the intention of winning the sympathies of the electorate.
“The Coalition also observed an incident during this monitoring period, where the Vice Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia commissioned the construction of a mechanized borehole for the Amedzofe College of Education (AMECO) in the Ho-West District of the Volta Region. This incident can be described as an act of “providing last minute infrastructure, construction, etc. and the provision of other services to communities aimed at securing votes”.