Two political parties have disapproved of the survey by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) on monetization of the country’s politics, which said they were also part of it, although the two major parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), are the worst offenders.
They are the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and the Convention People’s Party (CPP), which denied influencing delegates voters with money, have instead accused NDC and NPP of monetizing the December polls.
According to them, the two parties are inducing the electorates with money and making it difficult for the smaller parties to get through to them.
The CDD last Thursday, revealed findings of a survey that showed that the NDC topped the list of vote buying, with 51 percent, followed by the NPP with 32 percent.
The CPP and the PPP each had four percent of the electorate accusing them of vote buying.
But responding to the CDD survey, the General Secretary of the PPP, Mutalla Mohammed, said the two major parties should be blamed for the monetization of the elections.
“I am not sure what the CDD report is implying, I wish they gave us indicators and detail on what they mean by vote buying. As far as I am concerned, we are cash-strapped and we are looking for resources everywhere to help our people.
“I don’t think we are doing that, I am not sure any of our party executives are doing that, it is difficult out there because the NPP and NDC have monetized the system. I am not sure of what they [CDD] are talking about and I don’t know for which basis they are saying what they are saying but definitely the PPP is not buying anybody’s vote.
“There is nothing that the PPP or Papa Kwesi Nduom is doing in the party that connotes vote buying but if the number of employees that Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom is making him get some votes what can he do about it,” Mr Mohammed stressed.
The CPP also slammed the survey findings, describing it as not representative.
The party’s Communications Director, Kadir Abdul Rauf, noted that the party is only inducing the electorates with its message of a new covenant.
“When we received this information as a party we were very shocked why a reputable organization like the CDD will conduct any research and bring out any argument which we find not representative of our party.
“In any case, what the Convention People’s Party expected the CDD to have done in order to strengthen their research findings, is to bring evidence to show.
I have been in CPP politics for some time now, and I can say without any fear of contradiction that the CPP does not engage in that type of campaign so we find that research to be not representative,” Mr Rauf insisted.