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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Distinguished Guests, the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Danquah Institute was invited by the coalition of pressure groups agitating for a new register to come and share with the general public the doubts we have raised over the last few years on the integrity of the voter registration that took place in 2012 and the way forward. We accepted the invitation and I am happy to say that this is my first public statement since my appointment by the governing board of the institute as its Executive Director on 1st September.

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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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Ladies and Gentlemen, let me add a few words to the erudite case just made for scrapping the current register and compiling a new one for the 2016 polls.

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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 >>>
PRESS RELEASE BY GHANA REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION (GREDA) ON PROPOSALS SUBMITTED TO GOVERNMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF 300,000 HOUSING UNITS OVER 10 YEARS
The Ghana Real Estate Developers Association (GREDA) has been in the news lately for various reasons. We wish to state that our position on the $10 billion STX Housing Project has been variously misunderstood and misrepresented to suit various interests groups. We also wish to place on record that GREDA is a professional association of private real estate developers and is not aligned to any political party. Shelter is one of the basic necessities of life and GREDA will constantly strive to provide affordable housing for Ghanaians irrespective of their political affiliation. more >>>
Biometric Voter Registration - Road Map
ELECTORAL COMMISSION, ROAD MAP FOR BIOMETRIC VOTER REGISTRATION. Please find below listing of major activities of the biometric voter registration project segmented into quarterly timeframes, using 3rd quarter as reference point. more>>>
Obama announces NEW Africa Strategy
Nearly 3 years ago, I remarked in front of the Ghanaian Parliament that Africa is a fundamental part of our interconnected world. Since that time, we have partnered with leaders, youth, and civil society in Africa to deepen the principles of democracy and human rights, to expand economic opportunity, and to support those who seek peace where war and deprivation have plagued communities. Africa and its people are partners with America in creating the future we want for all of our children—a future that is grounded in growth, mutual responsibility, and mutual respect. Click here for full statement
The Partnership of Free Speech & Good Governance in Africa
Freedom of speech is not just valuable as a democratic end in itself. It is strongly linked to popular perceptions of both media effectiveness and good governance, according to new data from Afrobarometer, collected during face-to-face interviews with 51,605 people in 34 countries during 2011-13. People who indicate they are free to say what they think also report higher levels of trust in their leaders, lower levels of corruption, and better government performance – especially greater success in fighting corruption. Greater freedom of expression is also linked to mass media that are more effective in keeping a watchful eye on government. These findings can be interpreted in several ways. It is possible that capable, effective and trustworthy governments also grant greater freedoms to their people and their media.
Leadership Paralysis, EIU Analysis, and the Anas Principle against Corruption
Last Saturday, in far away Houston, Texas, Nana Akufo-Addo was uncompromising in describing President JEA Mills’ four-year term as a period of wasted opportunities. He called on Ghanaians to replace the government of “lies, propaganda, hypocrisy, incompetence, corruption and economic hardships.” Nana Addo told the town hall meeting of Ghanaians the frustrating truth, “Ghana is, indeed, blessed by God. What is required is a competent leader to do something for people and country with what Heaven has bestowed.”
If the BNI had no right or authority as a security agency of the state to invite the former chief of staff Mr. Kojo Mpiani, then I don't know which agency has. Indeed if the agency lacked the authority, then why did Mr. Mpiani agree to the invitation? I am still at a loss as to the motive of the former ministers regarding the action they took. Why did the former Minister’s not protest at the invitation by the BNI all the while because it had been public knowledge several days before he responded? If they agree that the BNI has the authority to invite anyone for that matter as happened during their administration, then is their problem to do with the number of hours he was detained or that of his whereabouts?
Re: Gov't demands retraction, apology from Gabby over 'chop chop' allegation
My attention has been drawn to a statement issued by the Government of the Republic of Ghana “demanding an immediate substantiation or a retraction and apology from the NPP’s Gabby Okyere Darko [sic] who said in an interview on Joy Fm on the evening of Thursday 25th August, 2011 that ‘some people who arranged it [the loan] will have access to $30 million when the $3billion loan is approved by Parliament.” The statement from Government added that in the said interview, “Mr Gabby Okyere Darko impugned corruption when he made the following remarks: ‘Why is this so called Master Facility Agreement before Parliament because it doesn’t automatically lead to the project being funded? It doesn’t.
From The EU to The AU, Is Greece a lesson for Africa?
Many talk about the possibility of an African Union, similar to that of the European Union we have today. And yes Africa does have an African union, but I am talking more on the functioning and the stability of its institutions in a way that best benefits the continent and people of Africa. When these talks arise passion often merged with frustration engulfs the debate as people from all spectrums, journalists, country men, those from the Diaspora throw into the mix their reasons as to why Africa is not ready to follow in the “golden” footsteps of the EU. And so the tirade begins: “African leaders are too corrupt to even contemplate a viable functioning AU”, “Unlike Europe Africa does not have the institutions to embark on such an ambitious project”, “Africans are too busy fighting one another to even think about working together”, “the West have done everything they can to insure that Africa is not united and will never be” and so the debate proceeds.
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.