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The United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has revealed in its 2021 corruption index report that 1 out of every 10 persons was induced in exchange for their votes.

The report indicated that 10.3 percent of the adult population in Ghana was offered money or other favours in exchange for their votes during the 2020 general election.

5.3 percent were specifically offered money while 5.1 percent were offered other goods or favours. 4.2 percent reported that although they were not personally offered anything, a member of their household was offered money or other favours in exchange for their vote.

The Oti Region recorded the highest prevalence of vote-buying with 24.2 percent followed by the Upper West Region with 23.4 percent and the Upper East Region with 17.9 percent.

The prevalence of vote buying is said to be more common in rural areas than in urban areas across the country.

6.6 percent were offered money and 7.1 percent offered other favours in exchange for their vote in rural areas while 4.3 percent were offered money and 3.6 percent offered other favours in exchange for their votes.

Majority of the people who were offered bribes either had no formal education or had only primary education as 12. 3 percent of these people who were offered bribes in exchange for their vote had no formal education while 11.7 percent had primary education.

9.5 percent of the people who were offered bribes had secondary education while 8.2 percent had post-secondary education, non-Tertiary education. Also, 6.4 percent of people who were offered bribes in exchange for their vote had Tertiary Education.

Source: A1 radio/Bolga

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