A new report by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) fingers President John Dramani Mahama and the incumbent National Democratic Congress government for vote-buying and abuse of incumbency.
In a 10-page report, GII said the acts were committed in a bid to ensure the second term bid of President John Mahama.
The report, which was carried out throughout June, July and August 2016, was a collaborative work by the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations Monitoring Abuse of Incumbency and Electoral Corruption: the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) and Citizen’s Movement against Corruption (CMaC).
The project sought to monitor abuse of incumbency in some 20 constituencies through media monitoring of news stories, features, articles, editorials, space, and time in two state-owned media outlets to political parties.
In the vote buying instances, the report cited both the NDC parliamentary candidate of Jirapa of distributing two Ghana Cedi bills to the crowd at a political rally on Sunday, 17th July 2016 and the first lady, Lordina Mahama for donating medical items in the company of party officials and government officials.
“On Wednesday 27 July, 2016 the First Lady Mahama donated medical equipment and supplies to the Navrongo War Memorial Hospital as part of efforts to reduce mother to child transmission of HIV. The event took place at the forecourt of the hospital. In attendance was the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, the MP Hon. Mark Woyongo, the Upper East Regional Minster Hon. Albert Abongo and his deputy, the MCE Dr Stanislaus Kadingni, the NDC National Women’s Organiser, Chiefs and Queen mothers as well as NDC party supporters," the report said.
There is an increasing worrying development of “vote selling” where communities are demanding the provision of social amenities from especially the incumbent government before they will vote in the upcoming elections, the report said.