Some polling station agents of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Kintampo North Constituency of the Brong-Ahafo Region, have accused their executives of diverting about GHc 37,100.00 meant for their allowance for duties performed during the 2016 general elections.
They have given the national leadership of the party a one week ultimatum to compel the constituency executives to pay them their money or risk having them seizing party property and auctioning them.
The polling agents, numbering about 143, have further threatened to resign amass if the party hierarchy failed to investigate and ensure that the local executives pay them their due.
Spokesperson for the agents, Joenal Bang Yinbil, told journalists that they had been neglected after the elections.
He accused the constituency executives of incompetence and gross misappropriation of party funds. “We were given GHc40 instead of GHc100 during the training of party agents before the elections,” he said.
Mr. Yinbil said the executives violated Article 38 section 1(A) of the NDC constitution by awarding themselves ex-gratia.
He suggested that the party lost the 2016 general election due to the behaviour of some self-seeking executives who were assigned the responsibility of prosecuting the party’s victory agenda, but chose to squander party resources, and warned that the party would lose public affection if its issues of accountability are not addressed properly.
The constituency secretary of the party, Emmanuel Kafui, has however refuted the allegations, and challenged the aggrieved party members to produce evidence to substantiate the claims.
He admitted the party recruited some polling agents and deployed two agents to each of the 143 polling stations, but said they were all paid GHc100.00 cedis each for discharging their duties.
Mr. Kafui further noted that, the agitating agents were only seeking to tarnish their image because they had previously wanted to serve as executives of the party in the constituency.
He appealed to members of the party to channel their grievances through the appropriate quarters for redress.