Do you think I would have done that in a public space? – Kingsley Nyarko denies bribing EC officials

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The Member of Parliament for Kwadaso Dr Kingsley Nyarko has denied the allegation of bribing officials of the Electoral Commission during the Ejisu by-election held on Tuesday, April 30.

He said he did not influence any official to rig the poll in favour of his candidate.

“If I were to influence them do you think I would do it in a public space? If I wanted to do that do you think I would have done that in public space?  I did not bribe anybody to vote or to do anything untoward for my candidate.

“I can’t influence the EC officials who are trained, who are honest, who are disciplined to do anything untoward, ” he told journalists.

During the Ejisu by-election, Dr Kingsley Nyarko was captured on camera giving out what many see as a white envelope to two Electoral Commission officials (Male and female).

The Electoral Commission of Ghana said that its preliminary investigation reveals that the envelope handed over to its polling station officials during the by-election in Ejisu contained money for lunch.

The two polling station officials are seen in a video that has gone viral being offered a white envelope by a man.

According to the Commission, the benefactor offered the money on his own volition.

“Our investigations further revealed that the man in the video, walked to their table and enquired whether they had eaten. He then placed the envelope on the table and asked them to use the contents of the envelope for their lunch, following which he walked away,” the Deputy Chairman in charge of Operations at the Electoral Commission, Samuel Tettey stated in a release dated April 30, 2024.

In the release, the EC named the two officials as, Regina Serwaa, Ballot Issuer and George Sasu, Presiding Officer.

“Following the incident that occurred during the conduct of the Ejisu By-Election today Tuesday 30th April, 2024, the Commission has undertaken preliminary investigations. The investigations revealed that the officers at the said Polling Station namely, Fumesua Pentecost Church Polling Station with Polling Station Code F311503, were Temporary Election Officials of the Electoral Commission recruited to conduct the Ejisu By-Election,” the Commission revealed.

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The Electoral Commission further stated that it ” has taken the following actions:  Withdrawn with immediate effect, the services of the two (2) Temporary Election Officers.  Held preliminary discussions with the Ghana Police Service to kick start the process for criminal investigations into the matter,” the release concluded.

Although the EC did not name the man at the center of the bribery allegation, subsequent interviews he granted to journalists revealed his identity as the NPP MP for Kwadaso, Dr Kingsley Nyarko.

Dr Kingsley Nyarko

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