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

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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
Electronic Voting: If India can do it, so can Ghana! Says DI
Following the announcement of results of India’s national election this weekend, the Danquah Institute has hailed the successful conclusion of electronic voting in the world’s largest democracy and called on Ghana’s Electoral Commission to consider the numerous benefits of electronic voting as demonstrated in this latest poll.During the month of April, an estimated 714 million Indians cast their vote, from the huge metropolises of Delhi and Mumbai down to the tiny village of Banej where just one man was registered to vote.
DI: $265m STX Insurance is a Rip-Off, Gov’t Can Save $200m with MIGA
Thursday, July 29, 2010:- This week, the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning submitted, what it termed, “Revised Memorandum to Parliament” and a revised supplier’s credit financing agreement between STX Engineering & Construction Ghana Limited (as ‘Supplier’ – not ‘Lender’) and the Government of Ghana in relation to the $1.5 billion financing of the Security Services Housing Project. In a press statement reacting to this new development after the agreement was withdrawn from the floor of Parliament recently, the Danquah Institute limited its comments to the fees and insurance premium, which it has condemned as “a total rip-off”.
 
Dr. Kingsley Nyarko is a Senior Lecturer at the Psychology Department, an adjunct of the Centre for Ageing Studies, and the Foundation Head of the Department of Teacher Education, School of Education and Leadership of the University of Ghana. He obtained his Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Cape-Coast, and both his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degrees in Psychology and Educational Psychology respectively from the University of Munich, Germany. He has worked in internationally reputable organisations and serves on several boards and committees in the academia and corporate world. He is also an external examiner of the Department of Educational Foundations—University of Cape-Coast, internal examiner (Masters and Ph. D) at the University of Ghana, and a former visiting lecturer of GIMPA Business School and the University of Education (Kumasi campus).
Is The President Committing Treason?
There is little doubt that Kennedy Agyapong's statement calling on ashantis to "beat ewes and gas" is incendiary, indefensible, inexcusable and deserving of condemnation by all well meaning people. Having said that, I will also add that, as abominable as the statement is, it does not give the government the power to detain Agyapong, on trumped up charges in clear retaliation for exposing the President's role in the Woyome saga. Our Constitution does not just protect love-speech. Indeed, love-speech requires no protection at all. What the Constitution really protects is ugly speech, such as those uttered by the misguided Kennedy Agyapong. If speech does not lead to imminent danger, it must be protected, even if it highly offensive.
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.
Ghana: What Are the Implications of Ghana's Transition?
The president of Ghana, John Atta Mills, has died at the age of 68. Although few details have been released about his death, there had been speculation about his deteriorating health for some time, and he had reportedly visited the United States for medical treatment in April. President Atta Mills was approaching the end of his first term in office, having been elected in 2008. Vice President John Dramani Mahama has assumed the presidency until the next elections, scheduled for December.
Danquah Institute Gets New Executive Director
The Governing Board of the Danquah Institute announces the appointment of Nana Attobrah Quaicoe as the new Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, effective September 1, 2015.
STRENGTHENING PARLIAMENT IS KEY TO FIGHTING CORRUPTION -Says Minority Leader
The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, yesterday stated that strengthening parliament’s financial oversight responsibilities is critical to combating “the evil enterprise of corruption which has become cancerous in Ghana.” He further noted that corruption hurts the poor disproportionately, by diverting scarce funds intended for development, undermining government’s ability to provide such basic services as potable water, schools, shelter, clinics, toilet facilities, farming inputs to the populace and thus aggravating inequality and injustice and thereby discouraging foreign aid and investment.The Minority Leader made the observation when he delivered the 2013 Liberty Lecture at the Auditorium of the British Council on the theme: “The Deficit in Parliamentary Oversight in the Fight against Corruption.”
PROPERTY OWNING DEMOCRACY –  THE IDEOLOGICAL ROAD MAP TO ECONOMIC SELF-RELIANCE
These are the “days of confused thinking in the field of social doctrine.” – Archbishop Amissah, The Catholic Voice, March, 1962, p. 42 Ladies and Chairman, I find it daunting, even more descriptively, I find it intimidating to be invited by intellectuals of your practical experience and caliber to attempt to address this theme: Property Owning Democracy: the ideological Road Map to Economic Self-Reliance. I am intimidated because since J B Danquah articulated the concept but compendiously in 1960 for the United Party (UP), only a handful of people have dared define it in a Ghanaian setting. Perhaps, that is not strange because since then multi-party democracy has had only a total of 25 years to sow seeds and take root in Ghana. Thankfully, we have over the last 18 years witnessed the longest period of sustained political stability, legal certainty and predictability since independence in 1957. Thankfully, the concept has been, in principle, adopted by the Fourth Republican Constitution, the prevailing basic law of our country. Article 18 (1) stipulates, “Every person has the right to own property either alone or in association with others.” Thus, the Constitution of the Republic even endorses the concept of a property owning democracy. The opportunity and challenge, however, is what the concept of a property owning democracy seeks to address: how to provide an environment which creates opportunities for every person to exercise his or her right to own property either alone or in association with others by their own free will. Thus, Article 36(6),(7) state: “The State shall afford equality of economic opportunity to all… [and] shall guarantee the ownership of property and the right of inheritance.”