Neutrality Allowance: Some people are really neutral in Ghana – Charles Bissue 

The Western Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Mr Charles Bissue has said there are floating voters in Ghana who are neutral when it comes to partisan politics.

He said these persons vote per the work of the incumbent government and also criticize if need be.

His comments come after Former Member of Parliament for North Dayi, Mr George Loh said persons who exercise their franchise by voting for one person or the other cannot be said to be neutral rather, impartial.

Mr Loh questioned whether persons who actually vote can be neutral.

He said this on TV3’s Key Points on Saturday April 23 while commenting on the neutrality allowance being demanded by members of the  Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG).

In his view, the demand is bit odd.

“I had never known it exited until some news item announcing the CLOGSAG intended strike. When they talk about neutrality allowance, I said where is this one also from?

“Clearly, I don’t think anybody has any problem with being paid allowances, it is part of our standard employment nomenclature, various kinds of allowances are being paid to different people.

“But this one strikes me as a bit odd because I think that in this country we like to pretend about so many things. Who is neutral in this country? That is the first question you should ask yourself.

“When you say neutrality allowance, to what end? Can anybody be neutral? Can you be neutral when at the end of the day you walk into a ballot box and vote? Don’t you vote for somebody? We can start talking about impartiality but neutrality is something that doesn’t sit with me. I think there is a problem,” he said.

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But responding to these comments Mr Bissue said “My brother mentioned about neutrality that we are all not neutral. There are floating voters, these floating voters are people who criticize all of us, any government. I believe that these people remain neutral until they get into the ballot box.

“So there are people who are neutral, even Jehovah Witness, sometimes during conversations they come out and say that we believe that this person has done well because they all buy things from the same market. But they do not actively participate in party politics.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana


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