Some polling station agents of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Kintampo North Constituency of the Brong Ahafo Region, have accused their executives of diverting about GHc 37,100.00 meant for them as allowance for their contribution towards the party’s campaign ahead of the 2016 general elections.
They have given the national leadership of the party a week’s ultimatum to compel the constituency executives to pay them their money or risk having them seizing party property and auctioning them. The polling agents, numbering about 143, also threatened to resign if leadership fails to investigate and ensure that the executives render accounts of their stewardship.
Speaking to Citi News, Spokesperson for the agents, Joenal Bang Yinbil, lamented that they had been neglected after the elections. He accused the constituency executives of incompetence and gross misappropriation of party funds. “We were given 40 cedis instead of 100 cedis during the training of party agents before the elections,” he said.
Mr. Bang Yinbil said the executives violated Article 38 section 1(A) of the NDC constitution by awarding themselves ex-gratia. He suggested that, the party lost the 2016 elections due to the behaviour of some self-seeking executives who were assigned the responsibility of prosecuting the party’s victory agenda, but chose to squander party resources, and warned that the party will lose public affection if its issues of accountability are not addressed.
Meanwhile, the Constituency Secretary of the party, Emmanuel Kafui, has refuted the allegations, and challenged the aggrieved party members to produce evidence to substantiate the claims. He admitted the party recruited some polling agents and deployed two agents to each of the 143 polling stations, but said they were all GHc 100.00 cedis for discharging their duties.
Kafui further noted that, the agitating agents were only seeking to tarnish their image because they had previously wanted to serve as executives of the party in the constituency. He appealed to members of the party to channel their grievances through the appropriate quarters for redress.