The New Patriotic Party, NPP has taken the election campaign beyond child’s play as the party’s Loyal Ladies storm the streets of Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region, to distribute free waakye – a local delicacy, to residents today, September 10.
The ‘Waakye Fest’, as it was tagged will cover the Ashaiman Zongo Roundabout between 10:am and 2:00pm, where the ladies will serve free food as a campaign strategy for the party’s flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo.
Statement issued by the group reads:
“NPP Loyal Ladies will be serving Waakye to the residents of Ashaiman as part of our campaign to encourage Ghanaians to hold on as change is imminent.”
This act has attracted heavy criticism from opposition parties who accuse the NPP of trying to buy people’s vote which the ruling party, NDC is also guilty of ahead of this year’s December 7 general elections.
NPP ladies had done the same thing in August, when they – with support from the party’s parliamentary candidate in the Ayawaso East constituency, Peter Mireku, organised a ‘kokoo’ party where constituents were served local porridge, kokoo, as break fast.
However, the National Youth Organizer of the NPP Mr. Sammi Awuku, rejected the act of sharing food to citizens as ‘vote buying.’ Rather he told newsmen that their parliamentary candidate uses such platforms to reach out to the less-privileged in the constituency.
“We are not telling them to take this and vote for us, our parliamentary candidate is embarking on this outreach to reach out to the less-privileged in the constituency, and as youth, we feel that it is important to give him that,” he told journalists at the event,” Mr. Awuku said.
Meanwhile, at the peak of the country’s upcoming election, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs. Charlotte Osei warned that Ghanaians deserve nothing less than peace and stability, quote:
“Our lives are more precious than the pain of losing elections. No matter how painful, it will never be enough justification for killing ourselves,” she said during a colloquium on Peaceful Elections in Ghana, on the theme ‘Reducing the Incidence of Violence in Election 2016 and Beyond’.