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Vote buying aberration of democracy — NCCE Chairperson

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The Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Kathleen Addy, has said vote buying by political office seekers is at variance with democratic governance.

“Aspirants giving out amounts of money and other items to secure the votes of the electorate during an election sometimes after a request has been made by the voter is an affront to the democracy we have set out to practise,” she stressed.

Ms Addy was speaking during the fifth national dialogue on preventing and containing violent extremism in Nalerigu in the North-East Region last Wednesday.

It was on the theme: “Promoting a culture of tolerance: A catalyst for peaceful elections”.The event was interspersed with a demonstration of violent extremism by students of the Nalerigu Senior High School, as well as a panel discussion.

Ms Addy said if the electorate were going to vote based on who gave the highest amount, then it was possible that they would not end up electing the person who could truly serve them.

She said: “Let us move a step further and go beyond the money, and rather look at policies and programmes, as well as the messages political parties put on the table and select the best option for the nation,” she said

.She explained that large amounts of money being exchanged for votes during elections was not a healthy development for the country’s democratic governance, and should be nipped in the bud in the interest of the nation.

Source:Graphic.com.gh

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