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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Card reader saved our democracy from election-riggers – Mike Igini, ex-INEC chief
Barrister Mike Igini was, until recently, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for Cross River and Edo States respectively. In this interview, he bares his mind on the use of the card  reader  for the 2015 general elections. Excerpts:
Press Release: Bank of Ghana - Monetary Policy Committee
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media, welcome to the press briefing of the 41st meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee.The Committee reviewed developments in the economy up to September as well as the domestic and external outlook. We reviewed global developments, domestic inflationary trends, the execution of the 2010 budget, growth prospects, business and consumer confidence, developments in the financial system and the external sector. more >>>
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.
The Fallacies of J.B. Danquah's Heroic Legacy - A Comment by Prof. R Addo-Fening
Allow me space to comment on the above mentioned publication which appeared in the Ghanaian Lens of Tuesday 6 June 2006. I owe it to students of Ghanaian History, Okyeman and the Ghanaian public at large not to let it pass without comment. The writer, Dr, Kwame Botwe-Asamoah, Professor of African/African American History, University of Pittsburgh, takes a swipe at President Kuffuor and Okyenhene Amoatia Ofori Panin - the former, for describing the late Dr. J.B. Danquah as "the Prime Minister Ghana never had" during the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of this death in February 2005; the latter for suggesting that the University of Ghana named after Dr. Danquah. more >>>
The Case For Free SHS
University of Cape Coast—Cape Coast. Over the last year, I, and indeed all Ghanaians have watched as Nana Akufo-Addo, the NPP Presidential candidate has taken his free SHS proposal across the length and breadth of this country. Some have questioned his rationale for it and accused him of political opportunism. Some have questioned his ability to pay for it and the fuzziness of his math in calculating the cost.
For How Long Shall We Continue this petrol politics?
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Danquah Institute boss gives NDC congress 'remarkable' rating
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute has applauded the just-ended congress of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), urging other political parties “to take a cue" from it. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko said although the party’s congress might have experienced minor “security hitches,” overall performance was “remarkable.” “I think it went very well and I was very happy about it…It’s about time we moved away from this negative expectation from party meetings where you are afraid that there would be violence; you are afraid that things that don’t actually matter are the very things that…dominate the headlines,” Mr Otchere-Darko said. The pro-liberal think-tank boss said this when he featured on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Monday.
Contribution of Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, on budget statement 2012
Madam Speaker, thank you for this opportunity to contribute to the motion on the Budget Statement for 2012. The budget is the most important document that governments produce. It is a powerful tool in influencing economic and social development. The budget determines whether there is equitable access to services by different groups of the population such as women, children, the disabled, the poor and other minority groups. more>>
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Biometric Identification Machine Failure and Electoral Fraud in a Competitive Democracy
We study election fraud in a competitive but not fully consolidated multiparty democracy. Results from a randomized field experiment are used to investigate the effectiveness of newly-introduced biometric identification machines in reducing election fraud in Ghana’s December 2012 national elections. We uncover a non-random pattern to the frequent breakdowns of the equipment. In polling stations with a randomly assigned domestic election observer, machines were about 50 percent less likely to experience breakdown as they were in polling stations without observers. We also find that electoral competition in the parliamentary race is strongly associated with greater machine breakdown. Machine malfunction in turn facilitated election fraud, including overvoting, registry rigging, and ballot stuffing, especially where election observers were not present. Our results substantiate that partisan competition may promote election fraud in a newly-established competitive democracy. They also show that domestic election observers improve election integrity through direct observation and also thanks to their second-order effects on election administration. Full Publication