Talensi election Upper East Regional EC Boss denies bribery allegations

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According to James Yeboah he has always remained very professional in his work, adding that taking bribe will be the last thing he would ever do.

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The Upper East Regional Chair of the Electoral Commission, James Arthur Yeboah has denied receiving GH¢ 10,000 from the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to compromise the upcoming Talensi bye-election in the party’s favour.

The Communications Director of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Solomon Nkansah had alleged that Mr. Yeboah had met with big wigs of NPP including First Vice Chairman Freddie Blay, former Finance Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo, and National Youth Organizer Sammy Awuku and had received the said amount to rig the election for the party.

But speaking on Kasapa FM’s Si Mi So on Monday, Mr Yeboah dismissed the allegation saying it must be treated with the contempt that it deserved. According to him, he has always remained very professional in his work, adding that taking bribe will be the last thing he would ever do.

“I’m a Christian and I have conscience that will not allow me to take bribe while I do my work. I’m committed to ensuring that this bye-election is held in transparency so that whoever loses will know that he has not been cheated.

“Such comments create unnecessary tension in the country, as we advance in our democratic development we should try and move away from such utterances that may mar our elections,” he said.

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), the dominant opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), the People's National Convention (PNC), Ghana Freedom Party’s (GFP) and the Progressive People's Party (PPP) are battling it out in the by-election which has become necessary following the enskinment of Mr Robert Nachinab Doameng Mosore as the Paramount Chief of the Tongo Traditional Area and his subsequent resignation as Member of Parliament for the constituency.

A total of 39,523 voters are expected to cast their ballot in the Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by-election.

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