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I have been asked to try and answer two questions as part of my contribution to the subject we are examining today. The first question is:

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The Executive Director of Danquah Institute (DI), Dr. Kingsley Nyarko, on Tuesday, 1st August, 2017 called on His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, the Former President of Ghana at his official residence at Airport West, Accra to officially introduce himself to him as the New Executive Director of the Institute, seek his blessings and also to pay his respect to him as one of the strong pillars of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition.

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The independence of Ghana, appeared to be a mirage, until the United Gold Coast Convention was birthed on 4th August, 1947 at Saltpond; thankfully, its formation became the springboard towards our attainment of Statehood. The independence of Ghana was not realized on a silver platter; as a matter of fact, it took years of struggle, pain, disappointment, betrayal, and even deaths before we were able to gain freedom from our colonial overlords—the British. The patriots, who sacrificed their energy, resources, and lives deserve commendation, and must be celebrated.

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Multi-party democracy is a fundamental part of nation building in that it offers individuals from diverse backgrounds, different political philosophies and orientations, the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process in a nation or society.

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'Let My Vote Count Alliance' Still defiant…. As Madina Police grants them bail
Members of the ‘Let My Vote Count Alliance’ have insisted they will continue with the group’s crusade and activities to educate Ghanaians on the high profiled petition at the Supreme Court involving a challenge of the election of President Mahama by Nana Akufo-Addo and Co. This is in spite of a recent invitation by the Police after the groups hugely attended rally at the Taifa Noway park.
I'd intended to critique President Mills' 'State of the Nation Address' but was not so sure which part of the bacon to slice so went for a spot of foreign material that was at the very top, which reads: “Let me acknowledge our first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, that illustrious Founder of our nation. His selfless leadership serves as a point of reference in our determination to build a better Ghana. Incidentally, this year marks the 100th anniversary of Dr Nkrumah's birth and a as country we should commemorate the event in an appropriate and befitting manner. Among others, we intend to honour Dr Nkrumah's memory with a national holiday to be known as Founder's Day and we will be presenting legislation to Parliament to this effect.”In so doing, Prof Mills has found a 'neat' way to reward his own Nkrumaism but should this be done at the cost of a serious manipulation of history and disregard for Ghana's true story? Should we do so by ignoring the collective sacrifices of the many who fought this fight before and then alongside Nkrumah?
GOG has agreed to offer the following terms and exemptions to STX: GOG shall provide a sovereign guarantee to enable the STX E&C Ghana to raise over $1.5 billion as financing for the project. GOG has signed an off-taker agreement to purchase at least 90,000 housing units some of which may be allocated to the security services. GOG shall exempt the STX from tax for its imports of materials and machinery GOG shall exempt the Consortium from corporation tax Click Here for More >>>
Ghana's Electoral Commission (EC) has remained mum despite growing anger over its handling of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections. The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) on December 14 ordered its elections agents to boycott meetings organised by the EC claiming they were an attempt to cover up for electoral fraud.
Police Must Prosecute Corrupt EC/STL Officials Statement by LMVCA
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me add a few words to the erudite case just made for scrapping the current register and compiling a new one for the 2016 polls.
KEY: C1: OVER VOTES BASED ON BALLOT ISSUED C3: BIOMETRIC VERIFICATION MACHINE NOT USED DS: SAME SERIAL NUMBER USED ON MULTIPLE REDSHEETS DP: DIFFERENT RESULTS FOR THE DAME POLLING STATION CODE NS: SIGNATURE OF PRESIDING OFFICER OR ASSISTANT MISSING UK: UNKNOWN POLLING STATIONS FOR POLLING STATIONS AFFECTED BY MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS &IRREGULATIONS, THE COMBINATION OF THE IRREGULARITIES ARE SHOWN IN THE "CAT" COLUMN Click Here for Full Document
LESS than 24 hours from today, on Saturday, April 16, Nigeria will hold its fourth presidential election since the Fourth Republic began and it is billed to be the most competitive so far. Not only that, in spite of faltering start, Nigeria’s 2011 general elections have been so far roundly hailed as relatively the most credible in the country since the world’s largest black nation returned to democracy 12 years ago. Ensuring the integrity of Nigeria’s elections is crucial to the future of democracy in Africa, especially coming in the year that some 19 presidential elections were on the cards. Laurent Gbagbo had to be arrested to involuntarily concede his obvious defeat, the people of two North African nations had to force out their ‘elected’ dictators. In the meantime, the battle to introduce multiparty democracy to Libya is raging violently without any clear indication which direction the missiles of resistance from both sides of the struggle may drop.
Oil production stagnates at 70,000 bpd, falling 50,000 bpd short of 2011 targets as Tullow Oil deploys capital to elsewhere in Africa.
Tullow the operator of Ghana’s Jubilee oil field has fallen six-months short of its own year-end 2011 projections to bring oil production up to 120,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 20,000 bpd in January 2011. In late 2010, before production started at the nascent oil fields, the Anglo-Irish company promised to start production at around 20,000 bpd and ramp up to about 70,000 bpd by mid-2011, and then to 120,000 bpd by the end of 2011. However by mid-2012, Ghana’s oil production is still less than 80,000 bpd. Tullow now promises that Ghana’s oil production will be ramped up to 120,000bpd by 2013, but with lax oversight by the NDC government, that target may prove to be a chimera.
Obama announces NEW Africa Strategy
Nearly 3 years ago, I remarked in front of the Ghanaian Parliament that Africa is a fundamental part of our interconnected world. Since that time, we have partnered with leaders, youth, and civil society in Africa to deepen the principles of democracy and human rights, to expand economic opportunity, and to support those who seek peace where war and deprivation have plagued communities. Africa and its people are partners with America in creating the future we want for all of our children—a future that is grounded in growth, mutual responsibility, and mutual respect. Click here for full statement
Press Release: The Philippines Hold Successful Elections with E-Voting
There is no such thing anywhere in the world as perfect election arrangement, but if democracy in Africa is tosucceed then it requires solutions to the basic instruments of rigging which undermine it. The problems which led to the disenfranchisement of hundreds of UK voters during the May 6 general elections attest to that. Hints from the head of UK’s electoral commission point to future reforms involving election automation technology. Last year, India, a developing nation, showed that electronic voting is the best way forward for democracies around the world. The Danquah Institute believes that the Philippines on Monday, May 10, made an even stronger case for Ghana to consider seriously the proposals to introduce e-voting here. more >>>