OSP petitioned to probe alleged bribery in just-ended NPP elections

Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng
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The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has been petitioned to investigate the alleged bribery and corruption that occurred during the just-ended regional executive elections of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The petition was presented by Care For Free and Fair Elections Ghana (CARE Ghana).

Portions of the petition said “Petitioner says that reports filed on angelonline by Ferdinand Tiekon on May 30, 2022, indicate that, Mr Robert Asare Bediako aspiring chairmen in the recently ended NPP Ashanti regional elections alleged that he paid Ghc1,000 bribe to each delegate at the just ended NPP Ashanti Regional elections to influence their decision. 

“Petitioner says that Mr Asare Bediako alleged that other aspiring chairmen in the recently ended NPP Ashanti Regional elections paid higher bribes than him. Petitioner says that aspiring chairmen in both Greater Accra and Ashanti Regional elections allegedly committed the offence of bribery and corruption by paying huge sums of money to influence delegates.

“Petitioner says that aspiring chairmen in both NPP Greater Accra and Ashanti Regional elections allegedly committed the offence of treating by paying huge sums of money to influence delegates to refrain from voting for other aspirants.”

It is recalled that defeated aspiring Ashanti Region Chairman Robert Asare Bediako revealed how he paid at least GH¢1,000 to each delegate on the election day.

The defeated aspirant explained that but for the monetization before and during the elections, he would have won the election hands down but close contenders were the highest bidders.

Mr Asare Bediako, while speaking on Akoma FM‘s current affairs and political show GhanAkoma Monday, May 30, told host of the show that “whiles I was paying each delegate GH¢1,000, I thought I would win but some paid more than me so the delegates also gave in to the highest bidder and it’s very worrying the trend of monetization in our body politics”.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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