The chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, has expressed worry over what he described as “entrenched positions” taken by some political parties on how to hold successful elections.


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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Last week, the NPP led a brave charge for a new register at a public forum which I maintain was arranged to reject that very proposition. Leading the vociferous charge against disturbing the current register was the ruling National Democratic Congress, supported by parties, most of whom exist only on paper, but have reserved seats at the IPAC table.


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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The Ministry of Energy has officially laid before Parliament two Petroleum Agreements for ratification following earlier approval by Cabinet. The Agreements are: Petroleum Agreement among Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, GNPC Exploration and Production Company Limited and AGM Petroleum Ghana LTD in respect of the South Deepwater Tano Contract Area (and shall be called AGM Contract for the purpose of this Analysis). Petroleum Agreement among Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Cola Natural Resources and Medea in respect of East Cape Three Points Contract Area (and shall be called Cola Contract for the purpose of this analysis). This Advisory Notes is provided to members of Parliament to enrich debate during the consideration of the Agreements. The Notes are based on analysis by the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) of the Negotiated Agreements and the memoranda accompanying them. These Notes do not cover most of the subjects in the two Agreements as most of them have common provisions. The focus of the analysis therefore covers subjects that show material differences between the Agreements for the purpose of enriching the debate in parliament.
Presentation by Gabby Otchere-Darko at Symposium on Election Petition
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, at symposium organized by the think tank to critique the Supreme Court judgement in the election petition, has proposed at number of reforms aimed at improving the Electoral Laws of Ghana. Click here for full presentation
Hundreds of Congo's registered voters may be fake
For several weeks now, accusations have been flung back and forth between the election commission and the opposition about the voter register, a database of around 32 million voters that identifies those eligible to vote in the November elections. The stakes are potentially huge, as if the register is rigged, it will be difficult for observers at the polling stations to identify fraud. The report is a confidential document written in early August by Zetes, a Belgian company contracted by the Congolese government to issue biometric voters cards.
Hold elections in November - Final report recommends
The Constitution Review Commission (CRC) has recommended that the presidential and parliamentary elections be conducted in November in subsequent election years after 2012 to facilitate smooth transitional processes. The commission further proposed the expunging of the indemnity clauses of the 1992 Constitution which provide coup makers immunity from prosecution.
US election: Mitt Romney's choice as running mate just made the election interesting
Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate for the Republican ticket is proof of the former Bain executive's business pedigree: a smart CEO picks an even smarter chief financial officer. It's also proof, finally, of the former Massachusetts governor's political prowess: the race will now be about something important – a battle of economic ideas, with America's comeback as the ultimate prize promised. And that's good for the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, and the nation.
The ANC has much to be proud of on its birthday, but little today to celebrate
This weekend the African National Congress celebrates its centenary. The party, which played a pivotal role in the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa, has much to look back on with pride, and the celebrations include concerts, church services and a mass political rally. Compared with other African liberation movements, the ANC had the unique ability to unite diverse groups. The others were formed on the basis of one ethnic or regional group, and could never transcend this. The ANC created a broad alliance that spanned the ideological spectrum, from shopkeepers to communists, and became what was called a "multi-class" organisation.
Concerns Raised by Danquah Institute to the Parliament of Ghana over the $1.5bn Supplier's Credit Facility and the Total $10bn STX Housing Project
BELOW ARE CONTENTS OF A PETITITION PRESENTED TO THE SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT AND COPIED TO THE PARLIAMENTARY LEADERSHIP BY DI ON FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010 The Government of Ghana has reached an agreement with STX of Korea for the construction of 200,000 houses. We have analyzed this project and have serious concerns about its integrity. In our estimation the Koreans stand to make between $200 million to $300 million profit from the 30,000 housing construction project for the security agencies. Since it is linked to an agreement with Government to off-take an additional 60,000 housing units from STX, we do not see Government having the capacity to satisfy the totality of that agreement.
Immigrants and Crime: Perception vs. Reality
Recent events in Arizona show how quickly concerns about possible crimes committed by immigrants can dominate the immigration policy debate. The murder of an Arizona rancher in March became the catalyst for the state legislature passing a controversial bill to grant police officers wider latitude to check the immigration status of individuals they encounter. But do the facts show immigrants are more likely to commit crimes than natives? more >>>
Even Kojo Botsio Appreciated Paa Willie, Bernard! BY GABBY OTCHERE-DARKO On 22nd September 1962, Dr J B Danquah addressed a letter, drafted the previous day, the day before the declaration of emergency in Accra, to The Rt. Hon. Dr Kwame Nkrumah, PC, LLD, etc., President of the Republic of Ghana, Flagstaff House, Accra, Ghana, which began: Dear Dr Nkrumah, I have been wanting to write to you about the falsification of certain facts of our country’s history in certain sections of our newspaper press, but the repetition of the bomb explosion, followed by the natural upsurge of public indignation, compelled me to restrain my hands from a belief that you and your staff might be undergoing a severe strain, either of labour or of emotion, and that you must be spared the extra expenditure of energy to look into such matters closely.
What about China?
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