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Defeated candidate calls for expansion of electoral college for Council of State



As a follow up on allegations of vote buying in the Council of State Election that took place on Thursday, a candidate in the election for the Greater Accra Region, Desmond Decker, has called for the expansion of the electoral college.

According to Decker, such an expansion will make it difficult for it to be hijacked by people with the intention of buying votes.

Decker’s suggestion is coming on the heels of allegations that the winner of the Greater Accra seat at the Council of State, Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani, used money to sway delegates to his side. Dzani polled 20 votes while his closest rival polled 12.

“That is why we are calling for the expansion of the Electoral College. If the Electoral College is expanded, some of these things can’t happen. Let’s say if you are given 33 people, it is easy for you to give 33 people GHc 1000 or GHc 2000.

“…But it if you have an electoral college of 2,000 or 3,000 people, you can’t be giving GHc 5,000 to all of them, and that will be curtailed. So what we are asking for is the expansion of the electoral college, and they [the EC] should expand the electoral college and make sure that we open it up for the people to vote for the person they want to represent them at the Council of State”, Decker told Eyewitness News.

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