General News of Friday, 19 August 2016
The National Democratic Congress says it will continue with its sharing of outboard motors and other goodies to Ghanaians despite it being cited for vote buying in a latest survey ahead of the December 7 general elections.
Governance think tank, Center for Democratic Development (CDD) in its pre-election survey found the NDC as the party leading in vote buying in the country with 51 per cent of those surveyed claiming that the Mahama-led government is offering gift in exchange for their votes.
The New Patriotic Party came second with a 32 per cent. But in a Facebook post, the NDC campaign team spokesperson, Joyce Bawah Mogtari described the survey as ” ridiculous”, contending that if the argument by the CDD holds, then the government would have to stop all government projects and programmes it is undertaking “Per the logic of the GII, all government projects and programs must come to a halt because we are in an election year.
This argument is untenable to say the least,” said Mrs Mogtari. She argued that President John Dramani Mahama was given a 4-year renewable term, hence will continue pursuing projects and programmes that meets the needs of the people.
“The building of schools, hospitals, the road constructions, the distribution of MASLOC loans, the creation of Jobs, sharing of outboard motors etc will continue because these are the things we have committed ourselves to all these years,” she stated .
She suggested that insofar as these projects have been budgeted for and are not outside the remit of the 2016 budget, the government will go ahead, noting “we are not spending beyond the budget”.
Touching on the issue of abuse of incumbency, she said President Mahama does not need to abuse incumbency to win the election as is being suggested by other political parties and some Ghanaians.
“We are approaching this election with a track record of significant achievements as a government and on the shoulders of a tolerant, peaceful, energetic, humble, trustworthy and focused leader as our flagbearer,” she stated.
For her, the NDC remains “focused and resolute”.