“NPP’s Primaries Was A Shade Of Corruption, An Embarrassment To Our Democracy” - Dr. Tom Asiseh
Independent Presidential Candidate for the Independent Presidential Movement (IPM) and Ghana Diasporan Movement (GDM), Dr. Tom Asiseh has expressed disappointment in the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) saying its just ended Parliamentary Primaries held across the country was a shade of corruption and an embarrassment to the Ghana’s democracy.
According to the leader, he cannot fathom how voter bribery has become a common practice by the NPP adding that most of the contestants would have lost if they had not bought votes.
In a press release signed by Dr. Asiseh and sighted by ThinkNewsOnline, the Independent Presidential Candidate said “Voter bribery has become a common phenomenon in our fledgling democracy. Some Parliamentary aspirants of the ruling political party have flagrantly disregarded the political parties ACT which serves as a guiding principle for all who seek to contest for political positions in Ghana”
He mentioned that the Section 33 and 34 of the Representation of the people’s law 1992 (PNDC LAW 284) defines voter bribery as a criminal offense which is liable for a summary conviction and a prison term not exceeding three years.
Dr. Asiseh also revealed that voter bribery continues to be one of the fundamental breaches of the laws of Ghana, yet nothing has been done to curtail this act of criminality.
“It has become the oil that greases the wheel that speeds one to power, likewise the oil that greases the palm of the voter with delight and ignorantly sells his or her future to the Politician. According to a CDD-Ghana report in 2016, 84 % of Ghanaians vote for their personal gains and that most Ghanaians don’t know that it is a criminal offense to take bribes before voting” he said.
The Independent Presidential Candidate assured that when elected into office, his Government will use the CICI model to appoint leaders and would encourage the grassroot level to follow same.
He explained that the CICI model which is ‘Common Sense Intelligence, Consciousness Integrity’ will be the criteria for selection of leaders.
“We believe when these principles are encouraged, Ghana will produce leaders who will maintain higher standards of professionalism. If we end up electing people with the highest bidder into political offices, there will be a fatal outcome of they trying hard to recoup the money they had invested through any dubious means and this has engendered corruptible acts by some leaders over the years” he noted.
Dr. Asiseh says he will ensure that all his appointees or leaders satisfy the CICI criteria before holding any political position in Ghana.
The Independent Presidential Movement (IPM) and Ghana Diasporan Movement (GDM) says it is condemning the gross disregard for the country’s laws which have been a major characteristic of Ghana’s elections since the inception of democracy in the Fourth Republic.
He also lambasted the incompetent Parliamentary Aspiants who overlooked and watched their followers to indulge in such mischievous acts.
Dr. Asiseh said “It is sad to know as purported by the media that some aspirants of the just ended parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party offered bicycles to be voted for and had to reclaim upon their loss. It is obvious it was given to them to induce a certain outcome”
He hinted that Ghana’s democracy cannot thrive very well on the highest bidder adding that if this growing phenomenon persist, the populace will end up producing and voting incompetent leaders who cannot deliver.
The Independent Presidential Movement IPM, and Ghana Diasporan Movement GDM says it is calling on Ghanaians to vote for Dr. Tom Asiseh as their President on 7th December 2020 assuring that the citizenry will not be disappointed.
“Vote for honesty, firm leadership and integrity, Dr. Tom Asiseh is not just a politician but a transformational leader who understands the intricacies of leadership to explore in order to move Ghana from a third world country to a first world country” he added.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith