- Former EC boss, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan says politicians refuse to accept defeat after an election because they need to find an excuse to tell their political financiers
- According to him, some of these politicians do not even stand a chance of winning the elections at all, yet, they get people to believe their lies and follow them
Former Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, has disclosed why some politicians and political parties are often reluctant to accept defeat during elections.
He explained that some of the politicians usually finance their campaigns with money from individuals and stakeholders, with a promise of paying back when they win power.
However, he said, when they fail to win power, they then revert to all sorts of excuses in order to cover up their failures.
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According to him, many of these politicians often accuse the Electoral Commission of cheating, when they actually know that they genuinely lost.
Dr. Afari-Gyan was speaking at a workshop organised by the West African Election Observers Network in Accra on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
“I have suspicion about why they do that, first of all, they collect huge sums of money from people with the promise that when they win, they will be compensated,” he said. “If you lose, they must find a way of telling them that they lost because the electoral commission cheated you or somebody did you in. that is one factor and it is true that they collect huge sums of money from individuals, accompanying it with all kinds of promises.”
The former EC boss wondered why any politician would vie for a position knowing very well that he or she stands no chance of winning.
He urged electorates to be more open-minded in order to be able to differentiate between serious politicians and lie-peddling ones.
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“I can’t understand what some people who clearly have no chance of winning an election deceive themselves they’ll win and get people to believe that they will win.
“If he loses, and sometimes very badly, they find excuses,” Dr. Afari-Gyan added.
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