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NDC elections: Some winners bought votes – Rawlings

Former President J.J Rawlings has accused some candidates who won in the opposition National Democratic Congress regional executive executions over the weekend of inducing delegates with money.



Nonetheless, the founder of the party says the overall  outcome of the polls is an indication of progress in the umbrella family.

“While the results of the elections are a good indication of the sense of purpose of delegates and the membership of the party at large, we cannot rest on our oars.

“The scourge of monetization which has engulfed our body politic was still manifest in many of the last Regional elections. Some victors won through monetary and material inducements instead of a commitment to the ideals of the party.

“We have to be on the lookout for self-centred personalities who managed to slip through the net due to revolting levels of monetary influence. Let us not allow such people to dilute, contaminate and weaken the progress that has been made,” Mr. Rawlings said in a statement.

The former military leader is therefore calling on members of the party to be on the lookout and kick money politics from their ranks.

Below are details of the statement by Mr. Rawlings

Following the conclusion of Regional elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at various centres across the country, I wish to congratulate all members of the party for a generally incident-free conduct of the process.

My congratulations also go to all who deservingly won their positions through the pursuit of the party’s ideals of truth and integrity.

I must commend delegates who defied the shameful and vulgar inducements by some candidates and their sponsors, and defiantly chose to elect those whose commitment and dedication to the party is unquestionable.

While the results of the elections are a good indication of the sense of purpose of delegates and the membership of the party at large, we cannot rest on our oars.

The scourge of monetization which has engulfed our body politic was still manifest in many of the last Regional elections. Some victors won through monetary and material inducements instead of a commitment to the ideals of the party.

We have to be on the lookout for self-centred personalities who managed to slip through the net due to revolting levels of monetary influence. Let us not allow such people to dilute, contaminate and weaken the progress that has been made.

As a party that seeks to rebuild and strengthen itself, it is imperative that we see the results of the last elections as a small step towards confronting the bigger challenges facing the party.

As we work towards the selection of national executives, we should be guided by the enormity of the obstacles well-resourced individuals with parochial agendas will place in our way. We have to confront these stumbling blocks and ensure that the image and strength of the party comes first.

With dedication, teamwork, truth and integrity, the party will once again rise to its once envious position in Ghana’s political climate.

Issued By:

Kobina Andoh Amoakwa
(Communications Directorate)

 

Source:Starrfmonline.com

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