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Saturday, August 7, 2010

NPP primaries update: Money-sharing rocks voting centres

By Citifmonline.com | Sat 07th August, 2010 11:25 GMT
Hon. Edward Ennin- Obuasi MP
Reports from the Ayawaso Central constituency of the Greater Accra Region, and Obuasi and Nshieso, both in the Ashanti Region indicate that monies are being shared to induce delegates as they vote.

The MP for Obuasi who is a supporter of Mr. Alan Kyeremanten, a leading contender in the race, is alleged to be distributing money.

But in an interview with Citi News, Hon. Edward Ennin denied the allegation.

He rather alleged that he was prevented from entering the voting ground, the Len Clay Sports Stadium, and describes the scene at the center as an ‘‘eyesore’’ that will not produce free and fair results.

 The MP alleges that names of some delegates have been used in voting already, whiles others have been replaced.

 "What is happening in Obuasi can never be said to be free and fair," he said.
According to him, the Regional and National Executives of the party have turned blind eyes to the situation at Obuasi.

Also in the Ayawaso Central Constituency, the MP for the area, Hon. Sheikh I.C. Quaye has accused an Alan man of distributing monies to delegates. But the man, who gave his name to Citi News as Archibald, denied the allegation and said he only paid for coconut for some delegates.

Also in the Nshieso constituency, some members of Alan’s team are said to be distributing money and food in packs with Alan’s photographs on them.

But Mr. Buabeng Asamoah, Spokesperson for Mr. Alan Kyeremangten has rubbished all the allegations making rounds in the media, saying they cannot be substantiated.

He told Citi News, the allegations in whatever form they come, could be attempts b y opponents to mar the beauty of the exercise.

Voting is in progress to elect a Presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party in 228 out of 230 constituencies in the country. Delegates in Ablekuma South and North constituencies are not taking part in the historic primary of the biggest opposition party in Ghana.

The two constituencies were disenfranchised due to protracted court cases.

Other constituencies like Obuasi, Subin and the latest, Asokwa, all in the Ashanti region which had also been bedeviled by lingering court cases were cleared to vote a day before.

Meanwhile, NPP delegates have been warned to avoid going to polling centres wearing party paraphernalia.

About 113,000 delegates are expected to cast their votes in the party’s first expanded delegates’ conference where election would be done simultaneously in all constituencies across the country.

The presidential election is being keenly contested by five aspirants. They are Prof. Frimpong-Boateng, MP Isaac Osei, Rev Kwame Koduah, Mr. Alan Kyerematen and Nana Akufo-Addo.

At 9.00 am today, there was confusion with regards to proxy list as the Electoral Commission claimed that they do not have the list. Reports were that, the UK names of proxy voters are not with the Electoral Commission. An agent of Presidential aspirant, Alan Kyerematen argued with Mr. Lord Commey who represents Akufo-Addo over the issue.

At the scene were the National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, National Youth Organiser, Anthony Karbo, the General Secretary, Lawyer Kwadwo Afriyie (Sir John)

The concerns about proxy voters were eventually resolved and voting is moving on smoothly at the National Headquarters of the NPP.


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