We invited the media today for this news conference because we find it strange and potentially dangerous that the most reasonable solution that was tabled by the VCRAC Crabbe panel for giving Ghana a credible register for credible elections in 2016 appears to have been totally ignored by the Electoral Commission. We, therefore, want to draw attention to this and ask you, journalists, the Fourth Estate of the Realm, to demand urgent answers from the Electoral Commission on the fate of the wise proposal from the EC’s own panel of experts for the introduction of validation for the voters’ register. Full Publication

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IEA Debate: NPP to introduce ‘Anas principle’ to increase tax revenue
The Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo has noted that his government will introduce a new system for the efficient collection of tax revenue which he has christened, The Anas principle. Speaking at the IEA Presidential Encounter on Tuesday, the NPP flagbearer explained that the new system will be made up of “highly motivated professional groups of young people who will work undercover to unearth examples of corruption wherever they can find it.”
Maryland Senator Tries To Fight The 'Resource Curse'
Oil was first discovered in the country of Ghana in West Africa in the 1970s, but it wasn't until four years ago that commercial quantities of it were found. Quickly, the country of just over 24 million people saw companies flocking to it, because oil is money -- big money. "This is a country that wants to produce oil," says Mohammed Amin Adam, head of the Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas in Ghana, a coalition of groups and concerned citizens. "This is a country that needs the revenues to undertake development."
Dzi Wo Fie Asem: Rhetoric and the Politics of Expediency
On 7th January 2011, His Excellency the President, in a face to face encounter with the media, used a proverb that has now become a household expression: Dzi wo fie asem. The incident could be considered as only a trigger for this evening’s talk, which centers on the character of political rhetoric within Ghana’s contemporary history. There appears to be a growing sensitivity to political communication in this country: specifically the norms of communication, or standards of propriety in speech comportment. There is a collective realization that the spoken word may have done a lot to shape our political fortunes. Throughout our contemporary history, the spoken word has been so important in our political life, that not only is free speech enshrined in the constitution; care has also been taken to integrate speaking regulations within governance forums, from parliamentary discourse, through discourse in the law courts, to executive discourse at cabinet meetings, and to presidential discourses of engagement
12 years later, Florida comes to Ghana with an Israeli twist
I would like to begin by offering thanks to the Ghanaian readers who offered such passionate comments to my articles during the Presidential campaign. Though I left Ghana shortly after Election Day, I fully enjoyed my experience observing and commenting on the vibrant Ghanaian political scene.
Press Release: Monetary Policy Committee - September 2013
Members of the Press, let me once again welcome you to the press briefing on the MPC’s assessment of economic developments over the past eight months of the year, the outlook and the positioning of the policy rate.
Arab Awakening, Act 2
THINK OF the revolutions in the Middle East as Act 1 in a five-act play that may not conclude for a generation or more. Nearly a year since protests in Tunisia ignited a regional wave of reform and revolt, the euphoria and hope of last January has turned to frustration and cynicism as Egyptians battle their military government in Cairo and sectarian war in Syria intensifies. The Arab world may be heading for an unpredictable and violent Act 2 in 2012.
IMANI Update: STX – What’s the Way Forward?
There is no doubt that the vaunted STX project is beset with funding challenges. It is also clear that the company that was awarded the project – STX Engineering & Construction Limited (STX E&C) – is on the verge of falling apart, if it hasn’t already. The evidence clearly shows a complete breakdown of trust amongst the directors of the company, with one faction having formally reported the other to the Police on suspicion of criminal conduct. Civil lawsuits by both parties are also pending.
Election 2012 petition verdict: Judgement of JSC Atuguba
Although the petitioners complained about the transparency of the voters’ register and its non or belated availability before the elections, this line of their case does not seem to have been strongly pressed. In any event the evidence clearly shows that the petitioners raised no such complaint prior to the elections nor has any prejudice been shown therefrom. Indeed even in this petition the petitioners claim that the 1st petitioner was the candidate rather elected, obviously upon the same register. So also their allegations that there were irregularities and electoral malpractices which “were nothing but a deliberate, well-calculated and executed ploy or a contrivance on the part of the 1st and 2nd Respondents with the ultimate object of unlawfully assisting the 1st Respondent to win the 2012 December Presidential Elections.”
FACT: Mills has had more spending money in 3 years than Kufuor in 8: Na Sika No Wo He Ne?
For any president seeking a second term the task is straight forward: you have only one thing to rely on -- your first term performance. You have to show what you have done with your current mandate to justify why you deserve a second term. That performance will depend to some degree on the record you inherited. Nevertheless, regardless of what was bequeathed to you, voters look out for how you have dealt with the issues that have confronted the nation under your stewardship.
Greater Horn Outlook - The Election Train (2010-2012)
The voting season is here once again. Between 2010 and 2012, voters in 10 out of the 11 Great Horn of East Africa (GHEA) countries will go to the polls. The only place where the election train will not stop is Eritrea where elections have been postponed indefinitely since 2001. Who is riding the election train? Will it arrive at a place of increased citizen engagement in the development process? Will it lead to political and economic maturity? Or will the region end up with heightened conflict and polarized polities? Click here for full report