By the middle of July, the nation expects its sovereign Parliament to debate and vote on the constitutional amendment intended to change the date for holding general elections in Ghana from December 7 to November 7. Since, 1992, when the presidential election was held in November, all subsequent ones were held on December 7. The bill needs both Parliamentary Majority and Minority to agree in order to become law.

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In recent months, political parties in Ghana including the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Progressive People’s Party, religious groups, the media and civil society groups such as the Let My Vote Count Alliance have made the case for urgent and honest electoral reform in the lead up to the November 2016 elections.

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Voter Validation is an exercise aimed at cleaning up the voter register, and is considered to be the only feasible solution at this stage, as a lesser alternative to compiling a whole new register.  The Electoral Commission’s Panel of Experts, the team tasked with making recommendations to Mrs Charlotte Osei and the EC leadership on how to get a credible register for 2016, has told the EC to carry out Validation, because it is at the moment the most viable option for a credible election.

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Pro –opposition Think Tank, the Danquah Institute says the Electoral Commission (EC’s) decision to use de-duplication processes to rid the voters register of multiple registration will do very little to make the current voters register credible.

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Written Address of Counsel for John Mahama
On the 7th and 8th days of December, 2012, Ghana held its presidential and parliamentary elections. The presidential election was contested by seven (7) candidates who were sponsored by political parties and one (1) other who contested as an independent candidate. The 1st respondent was the candidate of the John Dramani Mahama. The elections were originally fixed for 7th December, 2012. Polls in certain polling stations were adjourned to 8th December, 2012, owing to the alleged failure of the biometric verification devices (BVD).
Budget swerves health workers on Single Spine
Yesterday, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwabena Duffuor, read his Mid Year Review of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy when he presented his Supplementary Budget for the year. Out of the GH¢1.46 billion additional spending he presented to Parliament for approval, only GH¢177.6 was for salaries and wages, increasing the pay budget for 2011 to GH¢3.91bn. However, this is bad news for a high number of public sector workers because it does not even take care of existing salary arrears, let alone take care of the migration of one of the largest public sector employees, health workers.
Advisory Paper - Ghana Gas Sector Master Plan
As a result of the discovery of commercial volumes of hydrocarbons in 2007, the Government of Ghana set an overall goal for the enery sector focussed on the "the development and sustenance of an efficient and viable energy sector that provides secure, safe and reliable supply of enery to meet Ghana's development needs in a competitive manner." Click here for report
Cabinet Memo on $3bn Chinese Loan
Colleague Cabinet members are respectfully requested to consider and approve a US$3.0 billion Term Loan Facility between the Republic of Ghana (represented by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning [MOFEP]) and the China Development Bank (CDB) to finance infrastructure development projects under the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA). Colleagues are also being respectfully requested to approve the full or partial use of the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) under the Petroleum Revenue Management Act, 2011 (Act 815) to support repayment of the Facility, under an Escrow mechanism agreed with the Chinese authorities.
Gov't should consider domestic financing for STX deal - Ofori Atta
Investment Banker and Executive Chairman of DATABANK GROUP, Ken Ofori Atta has strongly opined that it would be more economically-expedient for government to rather consider a domestic financing option for the STX deal.This is contrary to government’s plan to approve the supplier’s credit financing agreement of over 1.5 billion dollars for the bid.
Danquah Institute Calls for Urgency in Local Content Policy for Oil Industry
The Danquah Institute, is unhappy in what it describes as “undue delay” in the making of a local content policy for Ghana’s oil sector. The fellows and researchers of the think tank have, notably, earned international recognition for publishing several insightful articles on the policy direction of Ghana’s oil sector. A press statement issued Tuesday by the think tank, expresses concern that, “Although the country expects to begin producing crude oil next year, the law or policy which should determine the level of participation of Ghanaian companies and individuals into the oil and gas sector is yet to be finalised. In fact there isn’t even an indication of a deadline on this. This we find very worrying.”
Expect fuel price hike soon
A recent decision by an Accra High Court could have misunderstood the use of the Ex-refinery price differential In the calculation of fuel pump prices and this may force Government to raise retail pump prices if the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) loses its appeal and Government is mandated to carry out the court order.
G20: Bonus for the poor?
All the focus at the G20’s meeting in Pittsburgh this week will be on bankers’ bonuses. But there are other credit-crunch issues that affect millions of people, rather than hundreds, and which are not getting the attention they deserve--like removing trade barriers against the world’s poorest countries. The G20 has talked big on trade but achieved little. At the G20 London Summit in April this year leaders pledged to “do whatever is necessary to (…) promote global trade and investment and reject protectionism, to underpin prosperity.” Since then nothing has happened, except worrying signs of increased protectionism.
DI wants $3bn ‘illegal’ CDB loan cancelled and cured
The Danquah Institute has described the $3 billion China Development Bank loan contracted by the Mills-Mahama led National Democratic Congress government as an illegality as it breaches sections of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act passed by parliament this year. DI is therefore calling for the cancellation and subsequent curing of this loan facility and has urged the parties to the contract to take note of this and proceed to cure it or proceed to their own detriment.
Joy FM story on UNDP report was misleading
In the 6.00 pm news bulletin of Joy Fm on Monday, 15th May 2012, the station reported that a UNDP research had cited the Kufuor Administration for neglecting Agriculture and rather spending twice as much on the Military. The said research finding was the African Human Development Report 2012. However, there is no such finding in the African Human Development Report 2012. A review of page 53 of the report, where Joy FM picked its story from, compares “Cumulative Military spending” and “Agricultural Research & Development spending” for the period 2000 to 2008.