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.

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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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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.

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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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Nigeria gross government revenues rise for second month in June
Nigeria's gross government revenues rose for the second consecutive month in June to 485.95 billion naira ($2.44 billion), up 33 percent from May, the finance ministry said.
Unlike Danquah Institute (DI) chief Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, I was not the least bit surprised, much less shocked, by the reported backtracking of the Ghana Real Estate Developers’ Association (GREDA) on its initial protest of the NDC-STX $10 billion scam, purportedly aimed at providing affordable housing to middle- and low-income Ghanaian citizens. I wasn’t surprised because in the published statement released by GREDA and signed by its president, Dr. Alex Tweneboah, the national realtors’ organization emphatically let on its rather capricious tentativeness towards the entire saga. In other words while, indeed, GREDA firmly agrees with the think-tank likes of the Danquah Institute and IMANI, to name just a few, as well as other thoughtful and well-meaning individuals, Dr. Tweneboah makes it patently clear in his press release that absent STX, GREDA would be left absolutely clueless in the negotiations process. What the preceding implies is that GREDA’s overriding concern has more to do with the fact that the association had not initially been invited as a junior partner to STX by the government.
It horrifies me to hear Nkrumah fanatics like Mr. Bernard Mornah, of the People’s National Convention (PNC), make a boastful claim about how the neo-Fascist regime of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) was righteous in its virtual enslavement of democracy-loving Ghanaians and murderous prosecution of its ironic cause of continental African unification. One also wonders why Mr. Mornah has been allowed to live in Ghana and enjoy the full benefits of a democratic political culture to which he and his ideological associates have contributed zilch, even while recklessly, unconscionably, sacrilegiously and incessantly pretending as if the Danquah-imbued democratic dispensation of Ghana’s Fourth Republic was the worst thing that ever happened to our beloved nation (See “Nkrumah Should Have Shot J. B. Danquah” Ghanaweb.com 2/24/11).
Politicians should first seek the interest of society - Bawumia
Dr. Mahamud Bawumia, running mate of Nana Akufo Addo, New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, over the weekend called on politicians to make the interest of society paramount by preaching peace as it was the surest way to develop society. According to him, preaching violence instead of peace would destroy society where everybody would end up as a loser.
STX – Acting Before We Think
When we initially raised concerns about STX, we were ignored, persistence however paid off and now people realize what a bad deal we were being run into. Even the minority in parliament was criticized for not flagging the obvious problems earlier; well they finally got it and succeeded in getting it withdrawn. There’s more. The problems with STX are myriad, whichever way you look at it STX is such a bad deal, it casts a very bad shadow on us as a people, especially on our leaders ability to analyze and judge right. In raising issues however we had to be selective to ensure we pointed out pertinent actionable details, hence our resort to pointing out the incomplete documentation, the Oil Swap, the bloated price etc. These however do not take away the biggest and most serious problem we couldn’t raise in the earlier in order not to complicate things.
Collateralisation and Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue
“Any contract, agreement or arrangement to the extent that it encumbers or purports to encumber the assets of the Petroleum Funds whether by way of guarantee security, mortgage or any other form of encumbrances is contrary to this Act and is null and void.” Section 41(2) of Act 815. In April 2011, the Parliament of Ghana passed the Eight Hundred and Fifteenth Act known as PETROLEUM REVENUE MANAGEMENT ACT, 2011. The Act received Presidential assent on 11th April 2011. Gazette notification was also issued on 15th April 2011. more>>>
THE BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY ON THE ATUGUBA COURT, THE NATION’S BALANCE WHEEL
‘Would a judge in a constitutional democracy by annulling an election be interfering with a decision made by voters who are given power to choose who is to govern them? I think that Judges have a constitutional duty to annul an election where there is clear evidence of patent violations of the principles of free and fair democratic election such as the evidence of… the violation of the principle of one man one vote…’ Tsekookoo JSC, in the Dr Kizza Besigye v EC & Museveni Yoweri Kaguta, Election Petition No. 1 2006. [P.212]There are international principles governing elections and challenging election results. For instance, Item II.3.3 of the Venice Commission’s Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters sets out the main principles that should govern any process for challenging the outcome of an election. As a starting point, the Code states that, ‘failure to comply with the electoral law must be open to challenge before an appeal body.’ The Code notes that, ‘The procedure must also be simple… It is necessary to eliminate formalism, and so avoid decisions of inadmissibility, especially in politically sensitive cases.’
The Supreme Court Showed Its Timidity In The Mornah Case
It appears whiles freedom fighters like Aung San Suu Kyi are calling for the judiciary, as an institution, to be “strengthened and released from political interference”, our courts in Ghana find it ok to park the wheels of justice on the compounds of the legislature, expecting to be towed out of there at the pleasure of the executive. If ever there was a farcical case that the Supreme Court was ever called upon to exercise its constitutional powers in order to assert the independence of the judiciary in line with the doctrine of the separation of powers, and stay off any undue reach of the hands of the other two arms of government to frustrate the administration of justice, then the Bernard Mornah case was it.
Egypt votes in post-Mubarak polls
Egyptians are voting in the opening stage of the first elections since former President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February. As dawn broke, people were already queuing to cast their ballots outside polling stations in the capital, Cairo. But protesters who want the vote to be postponed still occupy Tahrir Square. The head of the country's military council, which took over after Mr Mubarak was unseated, has said the country is "at a crossroads".
NDC can't buy conscience of Ghanaians - Kufuor
Former President J.A. Kufuor has accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of resorting to vote buying ahead of the December 7 elections and warned the party that the conscience of the Ghanaian people is not for sale. Speaking to a large number of New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters and leading members who had braved hours of heavy downpour in Kumasi to attend a rally, Mr. Kufuor said that Ghanaians are wide awake and discerning and that they will vote the NDC out, especially because the vote buying money came from the state.