NCCE warns against vote selling

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has cautioned the electorate against vote selling, saying it is a criminal offence.
Vote selling is the practice whereby an electorate votes for a particular candidate for a reward.

Mr. Daniel Baya Laar, the Binduri District Director of the commission said vote selling impeded the dispensation of quality democracy and encouraged the sale of birth rights of the citizenry.

He said such an act allowed the electorate to give their mandate to the wrong people to govern the country.

Mr. Laar gave the caution at a day’s inter-party dialogue durbar, organised and funded by the European Union (EU) to educate the electorate on their civic rights in the upcoming election.

He said democracy was about ideas and that it was necessary for the electorate to consider all ideas before exercising their franchise.

Mr. Joseph Kweku Yeboah, Deputy Upper East Regional Director of the NCCE, said voting allowed the people to participate in selecting  competent leaders to manage the affairs of the country and advised politicians to respect the rights of the electorates and stop enticing them with money and other considerations.

Assistant Superintendent of Police(ASP) Joseph Ankrah of the Bawku Municipal Police Command, said maintaining the country’s peace was a shared responsibility.

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