- Members of parliament spend more money to win parliamentary elections, a report has shown
- The amount of money they spend on salaries is twice their annual salaries
- This report is raising questions about how corrupt MPs could be
It has emerged that Ghana's parliamentarians spend so much money on winning a seat in parliament during elections.
YEN.com.gh has stumbled upon a report by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) which show that MPs spend as much as US$86,000 just to get for themselves the clearance from their political parties to contest a parliamentary seat.
This report states that between the election periods of 2012 and 2016, the cost of running for political office in Ghana shot up tremendously by 60 percent.
As shocking as this development could be, there are fears that politics in Ghana will not only be the preserve of the rich and wealthy but as a conduit for corruption and lawlessness.
There are concerns that the high rate at which monies are spent on election could breed corruption ad embezzlement of state funds especially when the annual salary of an MP which is US$51,000, is way below the amount they spend on winning a parliamentary seat.
“It is a fact that there are so many items we spent money on which cannot be accounted for in our election budgets,” a candidate who wished to remain anonymous said.