This report provides institutional assessment of the Electoral Commission of Ghana (hereinafter EC). The assessment was conducted in the period of July-August 2015 under the UNDP-funded project “Conduct of an Institutional Assessment and the Development a Strategic Plan for the Electoral Commission of Ghana”.

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Friday, October 30, 2015, is the opportunity for parties, organisations and journalists at the two-day public forum on the voters’ register to ask the Electoral Commission questions and hopefully get answers that can help decide whether Ghana will have a new register or not.

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Authorities in Guinea imposed a curfew in the city of Nzerekore overnight Monday following violent clashes between rival political groups ahead of the presidential election. Dozens were injured in fighting over the weekend and local media sources said one person was killed, according to Reuters.

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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
The Construction Pioneers (CP) Settlement Amounts – The Issues and the Payments
We have invited you here to talk to you about the ninety-four million euro (94,000,000 Euros) settlement money given to Construction Pioneers (CP). The former Attorney-General has issued a statement in which she seeks to absolve herself from blame. Further, the NDC tabloids have been striving, albeit vainly to establish that the payment of settlement amounts to CP has arisen out of negligence or lack of action by the NPP administration. This media encounter is meant to disembowel the (Government of Ghana) GoG – CP saga and let the good people of Ghana know the sequence of events. Click here for full statement
In a couple of weeks time fuel prices will go up, the PURC may announce new utility prices and with no immediate hope of processing Ghana’s wet gas into fuel for electricity, the bills are likely to go up, as well. Parents, many of them unemployed, may have to find money from any means necessary to pay for their kids’ second term fees. Poverty, unemployment, road traffic, personal insecurity and all the old ills of our impoverished society remain either unresolved or worsening. But, forget about the traffic to buy LPG gas, the traffic to work and back, the traffic to fill job vacancies, the traffic, generally, to getting anything fixed or done in Ghana. The one traffic that appears to excite media and political attention is drug trafficking.
China’s oil trade with Africa is dominated by an opaque syndicate
WHEN the man likely to become China’s next president meets an African oil executive, you would expect the dauphin to dominate the dealmaker. Not, though, with Manuel Vicente. On April 15th this year the chairman and chief executive of Sonangol, Angola’s state oil firm, strode into a room decorated with extravagant flowers in central Beijing and shook hands with Xi Jinping, the Chinese vice-president and probable next general secretary of the Communist Party. Mr Vicente holds no official rank in the Angolan government and yet, as if he were conferring with a head of state, Mr Xi reassured his guest that China wants to “strengthen mutual political trust”. more>>>
IBM to open Kenya research lab to tackle traffic jams
IBM and the Kenyan government are to open a tech research hub in Nairobi, in a joint attempt to help solve local issues such as traffic congestion.The US firm already has 11 research outposts around the world. It plans to have up to 50 researchers in the new centre within five years, attracting potential candidates from across the continent.
Muslim Publics Oppose Al Qaeda's Terrorism, But Agree With Its Goal of Driving US Forces Out
A study of public opinion in predominantly Muslim countries reveals that very large majorities continue to renounce the use of attacks on civilians as a means of pursuing political goals. At the same time large majorities agree with al Qaeda's goal of pushing the United States to remove its military forces from all Muslim countries and substantial numbers, in some cases majorities, approve of attacks on US troops in Muslim countries. more >>>
The Economic Report on Africa 2011
The economic Report on Africa 2011, a joint publication of the United Nations Economic Commission forAfrica (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC),was prepared under the leadership of Abdoulie Janneh,ECA's Executive Secretary, and Jean Ping, Chairpersonof AUC, with the active involvement of Maxwell Mkwezalamba, Commissioner for Economic Affairs. Thereport team benefited from the guidance and supervisionof Emmanuel Nnadozie, ECA's Director of EconomicDevelopment and NEPAD Division (EDND) and RenéKouassi N'Guettia, Director of the Economic AffairsDepartment, AUC. Lalla Ben Barka, former Deputy Executive Secretary of ECA and Jennifer Kargbo, DeputyExecutive Secretary facilitated discussion of the themeof the Report. more >>>
Danquah Institute Fellow Appointed Campaign Manager
A fellow of the Danquah Institute and political strategist, Boakye Kyeremanteng Agyarko, 54, has been appointed the Campaign Manager to the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo. Boakye Agyarko, who served as a senior campaign aide to Nana Addo in the 2008 presidential election, is noted for his organisational acumen and knowledge of the NPP, both ideologically and on the ground. He coordinated the campaign efforts of Nana Addo and others in 2009 to expand significantly the party’s Electoral College to include all polling station executives.
Mitt Romney's poor judgment is already undermining his candidacy
Finally, Obama's opponent has been confirmed, but can the Republican nominee mount an effective challenge? I doubt you will ever find a politician more desperate to believe Nietzsche's aphorism that whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger than Mitt Romney. With former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum announcing that he is suspending his presidential campaign, it ensures what many political observers have assumed for quite some time – that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for president this autumn.
Full Speech: Dzi Wo Fie Asem, Rhetoric and the Politics of Expediency
Over the past two weeks or so when the topic of today’s lecture was announced in the media, many friends and colleagues have called, to express concern, that I had chosen a topic that they wouldn’t have touched with a long spoon. Was this the safest topic I could have chosen? Then came a message from a colleague in the Facebook who said, ‘Prof, are you sure the national security is not going to confiscate your script?’ Then last Sunday, I met another friend after church who promised to attend this talk, but said, “Owo Kwesi, Eye abofra bon, paa!” more>>>