During a meeting with journalists from Parliament on Wednesday, February 7, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu raised concerns about a disturbing trend in political parties where some leaders demand cars and plots of land before pledging their support for parliamentary candidates.
Opposing this form of vote-buying, Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu emphasized the need to address such practices in the country’s electoral processes. He highlighted the seriousness of the issue, stating, “Some people ask for cars and even land before they’ll vote for you, especially party leaders who demand these things before letting you run for office.”
Calling for a realistic approach, the Suame MP urged political parties to reconsider such practices, suggesting a shift towards systems adopted in other countries or allowing all party members to vote. He stated, “I think parties should really think about this and maybe stop doing it like in other countries,” further proposing, “If we want to keep doing this, maybe we need to let every party member vote.”
Additionally, Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu cautioned MPs who did not succeed in their party elections to remain engaged in parliamentary affairs and not lose interest, underscoring the importance of continued involvement.