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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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REPORT OF THE ELECTORAL REFORMS COMMITTEE SUBMITTED TO THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA
We, members of the Electoral Reforms Committee wish to thank the almighty God for the strength, health and travelling mercies granted us throughout our various meetings, discussions and retreat sessions held outside Accra in executing our mandate as spelt out in our Terms of Reference. We thank the Chairman and Members of the Electoral Commission for giving us the opportunity to serve mother Ghana. To Mr Gabriel Pwamang the consultant to the Committee, we say: “...we are grateful to you for your assistance and for bringing your competence, expertise and legal acumen to bear on the work of the Committee.” Read more >>>
Halt E190 and Hangar Deal for Proper due Diligence to be done
The Danquah Institute is calling on the Presidency to, as a matter of urgency suspend the acquisition of one (1) Embraer 190 aircraft at a financing cost of $105 million including the construction of a hangar at the cost of $17 million for the Ghana Air Force, to be financed by commercial loans. This is to enable an independent due diligence check to be carried out, in order to properly assess the value-for-money aspect of the two transactions and consider the appropriateness of the two acquisitions per their stated purposes as provided by Government.
Ghana sits on time bomb – Capt. Koomson
A retired officer of the Ghana Armed Forces, Captain Budu Koomson, believes prevailing conditions in the country make the staging of a coup d’état imminent. This, according to him, was because “the blatant abuse of state wealth by political operatives can trigger something like this coupled with the political stalemate in the society.”
32 Questions for Waterville
I am not a journalist. I was not present at the Waterville press conference. I don’t know if any questions were allowed, and if so whether any were asked. But I have read news stories of the press statement and heard snippets on radio. But these are questions that I would have asked if I had had the privilege of being present at the press conference. Yes, I know that it would not have been feasible to ask 32 questions, but here they are any way. Maybe, these are questions that the Police have asked, or should be asking Waterville.
This is a due diligence report from Dun and Bradstreet on a husband and wife company, Opus SRO, a company that parliament has approved loans of 442 million Euros for the financing of the construction of 12 district hospitals, 200 new ambulances, 50 medical mobile clinics, 2 air ambulances and 10 educative mobile vans. Cabinet in its nineteenth meeting held on the 14, 19, 20 October, 2010, granted approval and parliament subsequently passed it on the 16th of November, 2010
Supreme Court corrupted the Constitution
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko says he does not intend to apologise to the Supreme Court for his description of the Court’s election petition verdict as ‘corrupt’. The comment which followed the verdict that upheld the validity of President John Dramani Mahama’s election in the 2012 presidential election, has widely been deemed contemptuous.
On two definitions of over-voting and ballot accounting
In challenging the validity of President John Mahama's election, the NPP has leveled five main allegations of electoral malpractices and irregularities against the Electoral Commission of Ghana (hereafter EC). One of these allegations is over-voting. There are two definitions of over-voting in elections. Over-voting occurs when (a) the number of votes cast exceeds the number of registered voters (call this the first definition), and/or (b) the number of votes cast exceeds the number of ballots issued to voters (call this the second definition). These are definitions of the incidence or occurrence of over-voting. It appears that the NDC believes that the first definition is the only valid definition of over-voting. For example, the General-Secretary of the NDC, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in his affidavit observed that: Full Document
PRESIDENT MAHAMA MUST EXPLAIN THE SEIZURE OF GHANA’S GOLD IN TURKEY
The Danquah Institute is deeply concerned about news from Turkey and in the international media to the effect that 1.5 tons of Ghana’s gold, which was said to be heading for the Islamic Republic of Iran, was seized in Turkey. The 1.5 tons of gold, worth some $80 million, is said to be “Ghana’s financial commitments to Iran” over a transaction, details of which are not known to the public. Interestingly, this seemingly curious transaction took place over the election period and at the time of the transition. What is also curious is the choice of the President to travel to Turkey around the time of this unspoken crisis and yet this issue has not featured in any official communication about the Presidential trip.
Increase Local Procurement in Mining to Promote Growth in Africa, says World Bank Study
Mining companies can boost economic growth in West Africa by purchasing more equipment, supplies and services from local companies, says a World Bank report released today. The study, Increasing Local Procurement by the Mining Industry in West Africa, shows that raising the share of local procurement by mining companies would spread the benefits of mining more evenly across a countrys economy, creating jobs and stimulating the sustainable development of local enterprises.
Flagbearer of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings has described the free SHS policy being touted by the NPP as “not impossible,” citing the Constitution and explaining it as a right and a duty of all parties and government. This is in sharp contrast with the position held by the party her husband founded, which has rubbished Nana Akufo-Addo’s pledge to extend basic education to the Senior High School level and make it free.