- Mahama made claims that bribes were paid to police officers to influence their vote in favor of the NPP
- The Inspector General of Police, IGP, James Oppong Boanuh has debunked all such allegations
- According to him, contrary to what Mahama believes, the police were paid allowances instead
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The former president, John Dramani Mahama, made claims that, the Akufo-Addo-led NPP government had paid bribes to police officers ahead of the 2020 general elections.
According to the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, NDC, GH¢1000.00 was given to police officers was to influence them to vote for the governing New Patriotic Party, NPP.
“I have received information that officers are being bribed with GH¢1000.00 to vote for the NPP…If you have performed you would not be paying to be voted for,” Mahama said on one of his campaign tours.
Reacting to claims and allegations made by Mahama, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, James Oppong Boanuh, debunked all such allegations.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, as filed by Kasapaonline, he said those assertions were just lies and also a calculated attempt to speak ill of the Police Service.
According to the IGP, the monies that was given to the officers were their election duty allowances, which, hitherto, were paid after the officers had completed their election assignment.
He added that, the money is expected to boost the morale of the police officers in the performance of the special assignment on December 7.
Oppong Boanuh said the monies were paid directly into the officers’ accounts, unlike previous times when they were paid on table tops.
He said the monies were basically Gh¢100.00 a day for five days and that the extra Gh¢100.00, which made up the total of Gh¢600.00, was intended to be used by the officers to sew their uniforms, which had been distributed to them, but were not sewn due to the consignment of uniforms arriving late, making it impossible for tailors of the Service to sew.
Making similar referrence, the IGP said the monies given to them, is just like the disbursement during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Meanwhile, at least 109,557 persons are expected to take part in the exercise to be held at 311 centres across the country, the Electoral Commission (EC) said.
Special voters in Ghana include; the Ghana Armed Forces, National Intelligence Bureau (NIB), National Security, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana National Fire Service, and Information Services Department.
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