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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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Progress in governance across Africa has stalled since 2011, with deteriorating safety and lack of economic opportunity overshadowing any gains made on the human rights front especially in resource-rich nations, a survey said on Monday.

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Oil + Tribal Bigotry + Hegemonism-a recipe for civil war in Ghana
Tribal CancerThere is a cancer eating into our national fabric. It is the cancer of tribalism. There are elements in Ghana especially the so-called opinion leaders whose incorrigible mindset of tribal bigotry would derail any inter-tribal harmony and pacification efforts in Ghana. It seems our national leaders have no desire to resolve the issue of tribalism. Tribalism spans the political divide. For most of our post independence history, Ghanaians have lived relatively peaceful lives without regards to tribal or ethnic origins. Today the simmering flame of tribal bigotry has reached epic proportions and unless our national leaders take bold actions to confront it now; Ghana might one day be engulfed in a civil war. Diversity and Harmony in Obuasi.
The talk in the United Kingdom now is all about electoral reforms. Even though the Liberal Democrat (Lib-Dem) was the only party that campaigned on a platform of introducing proportional representation (PR), the election results which delivered a hung parliament have been interpreted, remarkably, to mean that the British people want a new electoral system, even though only 23% of voters endorsed the manifesto of the Lib-Dems. Both the Labour Party and Conservative Party campaigned for the status quo but, with no single party winning a parliamentary majority, the lure of power has spoken - compelling both major parties to now see the Lib-Dem call for PR as one of outmost national interest. Call it a convergence of national and partisan interest or partisan interest disguised as national interest.
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.
2010 Census results out April 30 - GSS
The final results of the 2010 Population and Housing Census are expected to be released on Monday, April 30, 2012, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has indicated. Originally, the results were scheduled to be released on March 31, 2012 but some initial field challenges which impacted negatively on the data collection process have necessitated the rescheduling of the date for the release of the results.
INTRODUCTION The process is underway to pass a law that will determine how we use our Oil resources. We at IMANI,AfricanLiberty.org and African Leadership Initiative) have been involved with the analysis of best options for a while. Our review of the Proposals towards the law reveals that the provisions in the bill are likely to lead to the following: Resource Curse phenomenon, as with Nigeria Dutch Disease, where other industries will be neglected and may shrink Political tension with dire consequences as people try to get access to loosely guarded oil revenue Agitation in the Western Region due to neglect and degradation Serious dislocations in the economy
Shaun Bailey, the Prime Minister's only black aide, was 'frozen out by David Cameron's clique'
Shaun Bailey, David Cameron's only black working class adviser, has alleged that he was pushed out of Downing Street by the Prime Minister’s “clique” of Old Etonian aides, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.Shaun Bailey lost his job as a special adviser earlier this year before several former public school pupils were drafted in to senior roles at No  10. Mr Bailey, who was moved to a part-time role in the Cabinet Office, has told friends that he was excluded from Mr Cameron’s inner circle because he was “different” and repeatedly asked difficult questions about the Government’s priorities. He is understood to have told the Prime Minister that he was concerned about the Conservative Party’s lack of appeal in black, working class communities, and has now expressed his frustration privately that his concerns were not heeded.
PRESS RELEASE: KENYA GOES E-VOTING IN 2012, AS GHANA DITHERS
Kenya, keen on preventing the kind of violence that followed the general election of December 2007, has resorted to the introduction of electronic voting for the 2012 general election. Kenyan politicians, civil society and the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) of Kenya have all committed the destiny of the East African country’s democracy to the introduction of electronic voting. Unfortunately, it seems Ghana is waiting for violence to strike before heeding similar calls here for election automation technology. more >>>
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 >>>
NPP's Petition to the Supreme Court
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PETITION IN THE MATTER OF A PETITION CHALLENGING THE VALIDITY OF THE ELECTION OF JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA AS PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA PURSUANT TO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION HELD ON 7TH AND 8TH DECEMBER 2012: Article 64 of the Constitution, 1992; Section 5 of the Presidential Election Act, 1992 (PNDCL 285); and Rule 68 & 68 A of the Supreme Court (Amendment) Rules 2012, C. I. 74
"It's not he who casts the votes that matters -- but he who counts the votes." -Joseph Stalin President Obama’s visit to Ghana earlier this year, gave us all as Ghanaians deep pride in our country and in our international reputation. That our small West African nation was chosen as the first in the whole continent to be so honoured since Obama took power was the result of an achievement we have built as a whole people since 1992 in not only the reborn of democracy but successfully warring off the infant mortality that has put paid to too many of our continental contemporaries.