Sunday, 25 February

Party leaders demand cars, plots of land ahead of primaries – Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu says some leaders of political parties are now demanding cars and tracts of land before voting for parliamentary candidates.

He opposes this type of vote-buying and says it is crucial to fix this problem in the country's elections.

Speaking during a meeting with journalists from Parliament on Wednesday, February 7, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said, "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".

"We need to be realistic," he noted.

The Suame MP suggested that political parties rethink these practices and maybe stop them altogether.

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu also said it is important to change to a system like in other countries or let all party members vote.

He explained, "I think parties should really think about this and maybe stop doing it like in other countries."

"If we want to keep doing this, maybe we need to let every party member vote," he proposed.

Additionally, he warned MPs who didn't win in their party elections to stay involved in Parliament and not lose interest.