“No roads no vote” and similar mantras unfortunate – CHRAJ



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Afedzi Abdullah/ Nana Oye Gyimah, GNA

Cape Coast, Jan 29,
GNA – The Commission on human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has
described as unfortunate and inappropriate the practice, where citizens
attached conditions to their votes.

This, according to
the Commission was tantamount to vote buying and as such could create a
platform for corruption and therefore must be discouraged in all terms.

It therefore
admonished Ghanaians to rather take charge of the change they wished to see and
hold their leaders accountable and ensure that they discharged their
responsibilities as expected.

Mr Theophilus Tetteh
Tuwor, Central Regional Director of CHRAJ who said this an interview with the
Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Cape Coast, explained that citizens were by law
entitled to basic social amenities that did not need to be provided on

“The sad thing
is that citizens in this Country rise and demand accountability from their
leaders only during election.

Mr Tuwor noted that
politicians also took undue advantage of the situation to sleep on their
numerous campaign promises and only come to initiate developmental projects in
election years only to abandon it after wining

“Because of such
practices, politicians are sleeping on their responsibilities even though they
know what they were supposed to do. They relax waiting to initiate
infrastructural projects in election years in anticipation to win the votes of
their people”, he lamented.

“It is time the
society takes charge of the change they want to see and not wait till it is
elections”, he stressed

He called on the
Electoral Commission to implement guidelines to serve as checks on vote buying
and selling and be bold enough to mete out sanctions or punishment in order to
serve as deterrent.