Each election year and in almost every local and institutional elections, the issue of vote
buying surfaces. Vote buying has almost become part of every election in Ghana. While
the menace is on the increase, it is unclear whether votes bought translate into votes for
the buyer or the buying party. This work sought to investigate whether the incentives
given to voters affect voters’ decisions at the polls. It also looks at whether Ghanaians are
conversant with the laws and legislations on elections and for that matter vote buying.
The mixed method design was used for the study. Data from questionnaire was
triangulated with interviews. Non-probability sampling method was used to select the
sample of district, communities and respondents for the study. The Pearson Chi-Square
was used in finding significant differences. The p-value is the probability for showing
differences and a critical value of alpha=.05 was adopted for sig differences in the
statistical analysis. The study revealed among other things that: (a) Items that are used to
buy votes include silver pans (basins), cloths, gas cylinders, laptops, money, outboard
motors, and wellington boots; (b) Incentives used to buy votes influence the decisions of
27.3% of voters and (c) During vote buying, conditions are not actually attached to the
incentives except where there are doubts that one wants to take the incentive without
reciprocating with his/her vote. Enforcing laws on vote buying by all stakeholders
including the police, the judiciary, the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) and
resolving to fight corruption among leaders who also use all means to make money to
engage in vote buying would go a long way to solve the menace.
Resources, A. & BAIDOO, F (2021). VOTERS’ RESPONSE TO VOTE BUYING: A CASE STUDY OF THE SHAMA DISTRICT. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/voters-response-to-vote-buying-a-case-study-of-the-shama-district
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Resources, African Research and BAIDOO, FRANK . "VOTERS’ RESPONSE TO VOTE BUYING: A CASE STUDY OF THE SHAMA DISTRICT" Afribary (2021). Accessed May 24, 2022. https://afribary.com/works/voters-response-to-vote-buying-a-case-study-of-the-shama-district