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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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Jobs and corruption dominate election agenda
A late surge in campaigning has improved the opposition's chances of victory as the economy stutters A succession of bad elections this year in Africa – in Uganda, Gabon and Zambia – make the 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana an important political marker for the region. In one of Africa's longest-established multi-party systems, where the electoral commission enjoys relatively high levels of trust, another set of successful elections in Ghana will send a positive signal.
There is no way to miss the point of yesterday’s midterm elections. The American people are deeply frustrated with how they are being governed. The political debate is at an all-time partisan low and the public over the last three election cycles are calling for something, almost anything, to change that. They want to see progress on the economy, on job creation, on taxes, and on the federal budget deficit. No matter how voters cast their ballots these are the issues that voters want their representatives in Congress to address. Now. This overarching voter mandate to “fix it” delivers with it a set of responsibilities to the incoming Republican leadership of the House of Representatives and their strengthened minority counterparts in the Senate as well as to Democratic leaders in the Senate and President Barack Obama and his administration. For the Republicans this means they need to become partners in governing our nation. They can no longer be the “party of no” after yesterday’s vote. Republican leaders must craft serious legislative proposals to match the serious problems our country faces today and in the future.
Latest Synovate poll: Nana Addo leads Mills
A national opinion poll conducted by international market research organization, Synovate, has the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, 5 percentage points ahead of his closest rival, President JEA Mills, Presidential Candidate of the ruling National Democratic Congress, in the run up to the 2012 general elections. However, if elections were held today Nana Akufo-Addo would lead but still fall short of the more than 50% mark required for outright victory. The opinion poll carried out in September this year surveyed a total of 1,723 respondents.
FACTBOX: Political risks to watch in Ghana
The start of commercial oil production in 2010 has helped promote Ghana into the ranks of the world's lower middle-income nations, fuelling hopes of ending a dependence on aid and forging a future as one of Africa's star economies. While President John Atta Mills's government is seen to have done well in knocking public finances into shape since 2008, elections are due in December and the country's deficit is being strained by a high wage and fuel subsidy bill. The Bank of Ghana is tightening monetary policy to fend off mounting inflation pressures and stabilise the sliding cedi currency.
Al Hajj Should Leave DI out of their Propaganda
The attention of the Danquah Institute has been drawn to a publication by the Al Hajj Newspaper of 26th of September 2013, and subsequently reproduced on several online news outlets, including Ghanaweb. The Al Hajj Newspaper reports, somewhat incomprehensibly that the Danquah Institute perceives and/or plans on using the “New Free Press” as a destructive tool to run-down the Asantehene “with the accusation of conspiring with President Mahama to bribe the Justices of the Supreme Court, to rule in the latter’s favor.”
THE QUEST OF STX TO BUILD A BETTER KOREA WITH GHANA
I will begin this article by asking anybody interested in knowing about the various documents - agreements, MOUs, letters, etc - on the $10 billion STX proposal for Ghana to visit www.danquahinstitute.org. You may even have the opportunity to read a letter from cabinet marked confidential. This STX deal, to my knowledge, is the single costliest, unpatriotic deal that any democratic Ghanaian government has appended a signature to since that obnoxious 1960 constitution. There is an agreement before Parliament, apparently recalled by Cabinet, for a loan of $1.5 billion for Government to give to STX to build 30,000 housing units for security agencies, including 15,240 one-bedroom flats and 9,356 two-bedroom flats. STX Engineering & Construction Ghana Limited, the recently established vehicle for this project, is curiously mentioned as the lender, when it is really the lender-on. STX Corporation, the parent conglomerate, has notable liquidity issues but can certainly raise money on an off-take agreement backed by a sovereign guarantee and oil, as the agreement with the Ghanaian Government offers.
EC to start biometric registration before end of year – Afari-Gyan
Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), on Wednesday announced that the commission would commence biometric voter registration before the end of this year. He, however, dismissed speculations that the EC would use the electronic voting process for Election 2012. Dr Afari-Gyan was speaking on the third day of a public lecture, organized by the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences with support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, in Accra.
A victory for Fraud?
Unlike Nana Akufo-Addo, I am not the least bit disappointed that our Supreme Court would affirm the fraudulent declaration of Mr. John Dramani Mahama as winner of the 2012 election. (See "Akufo-Addo: 'I Disagree with SC's Verdict but I Accept'" Ghanaweb.com 8/29/13).I am not disappointed because I am also not the least bit surprised. For going into the Election 2012 Petition, I emphatically stated that unless the panel of jurists adjudicating the petition were drawn from outside Ghana, I did not see much by way of a favorable ruling for those with the most forensically sustainable evidence. And so in quite a practical sense, I have been vindicated in my prediction.
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.
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.