Buying forms for aspirants not to induce votes – Charles Bissue

Charles Bissue, the Western Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has intimated that stalwarts of the party buying Polling Station Executives and Electoral Area Coordinators nomination forms is not to induce them for their votes.

“I do not believe party stalwarts who bought forms for aspiring polling station executives and electoral area coordinators ahead of the internal elections of the party, did so because they wanted to induce them to vote for them during the flagbearer or in other internal elections,” he stressed.

Mr Bissue explained that there were some members of the party who were capable of working but do not have the wherewithal to enable them to partake in the elections hence the persons could be supported and assisted financially adding that “those who bought the forms, I do not think they wanted to induce the delegates that is why they bought the forms and only two stalwarts of the party have bought the forms”.

This comes after Alan Kyerematen, the Minister of Trade and Industry,reportedly paid for nomination forms for all aspiring polling station executives and electoral area coordinators across the country and also reported to have funded the entire nomination forms in all 275 constituencies to facilitate the ongoing polling station level election processes within the NPP.

However, at a press conference in Accra recently, Freddie Blay, the National Chairman of the NPP, advised that any such issues relating to financial support and assistance in such processes must be channelled through the National Party Secretariat for uniformity, fairness, transparency, openness and accountability.

According to Mr Bissue, aspirants that the stalwarts bought the forms for, were known in the party and to the stalwarts saying “I have been a regional secretary for eight years, I have known people in the region and other areas who can do the work but they are constrained, they do not have the money to buy the forms, so I will sponsor those people.

“It does not mean those people have to come and vote for me and the national leadership of the NPP has taken note of reports that some leading personalities of the party have procured application forms for aspiring polling station executives,” Mr Bissue indicated.

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