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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Mr President, it is the people that give second term, not the constitution- Nana Addo
Nana Akufo-Addo, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, (NPP) is accusing the president of grossly misrepresenting the Constitution of Ghana by insinuating that the constitution gives every candidate two terms. Nana Akufo-Addo told Joy News that such a misrepresentation from no less a person than the president is worrying.
“He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side; if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion.” John Stuart Mill, On Liberty. Introduction to Gutter FootballYoung and aspiring footballers in Ghana often play an interesting version of the game called “Gutter-to-Gutter”. The ‘goal posts’ are literally two gutters (often wet, slimy, smelly and filthy) on either side of a road, potholed or otherwise. The aim is to play the ball into the gutter goals. Once in a while when a car approaches, the game gets suspended only to resume when the car has driven past, sometimes leaving a mixture of dust and smoke behind it. The most important item in this game is the ball, the “sock ball”.
The Re-demarcation and Reapportionment of Parliamentary Constituencies in Ghana
In February, 2011, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) released provisional results of the 2010 Population and Housing Census. All eyes are now on Ghana’s National Electoral Commission (EC), as it is constitutionally required to use the new census data to determine the allocation,demarcation, and apportionment of parliamentary constituencies in the country. In this essay, I attempt to address—from an admittedly Americanist standpoint—questions pertaining to legislative representation in Ghana. Click here for full document
DI holds forum on $3 billion Chinese loan
The Danquah Institute in collaboration with its media partners, Citi FM and Hot FM, is holding a forum on the $3 billion Chinese loan on Tuesday, 18th October 2011. The forum is similar to the one organised by the institute which scrutinised the STX Housing project where serious objections were raised with regards to certain aspects of the loan. These objections resulted in major changes being made to the agreement, and has subsequently saved this country billions of dollars.
In the last five months alone, President J E A Mills has made two 3-day official trips to Equatorial Guinea and has on both occasions returned to Ghana with news of striking significantly different crude oil deals with his Equatorial Guinean counterpart, President Theodore Nguema Mbasogo. The Danquah Institute is also extremely disturbed by moves by the Government of Ghana to rescue a Korean company that is US$6.3 billion in debt, whilst thousands of Ghanaian companies are also in distress and would require only a fraction of that amount to stimulate them back into productivity and profitability. more >>>
Special voting was used to duplicate results – Gloria Akuffo
A member of the petitioners' legal team Gloria Akuffo has asserted special voting was the vehicle used to perpetuate massive irregularities that formed the basis for declaring John Mahama as president.Early on in court there was disagreement on whether pink sheets were used to record results from special voting.The petitioners debunked claims by the Electoral Commissioner that results of special votes were first entered on pink sheets before being transferred on to the collation sheet.
NPP on STX Housing Deal
Over the last couple of months, the Atta-Mills led Government has been working on a US$10 billion affordable housing deal with STX Korea for the construction of 200,000 homes across Ghana in the next five years. That puts the average cost of each house at US$50,000. The NDC Government claims that this deal is the best answer to the over one million housing deficit Ghana faces. For some strange reason, the financial and implementation details of the deal have been shrouded in so much secrecy. Not even the deal agreements currently before Parliament for approval answer the most important questions about this intransparent transaction. And the haste with which the Mills Administration wants to push this deal through before the public is able to discuss its implications on the economy and the country is most disturbing. It may interest the public to know that this was one of the reasons Parliament was recalled from recess recently. more >>>
Consumer Protection Without Law
Within contract law, the plight of consumers is often regarded as a basis for enhancing contract enforcement and of bolstering the access of consumers to breach of contract remedies. The one-way contract idea suggests that this is a misguided priority, barking up the wrong tree. Rather than paying lip service to consumers’ “vindication of rights,” “access to justice,” or the right to be informed through mandatory disclosures, this article takes the reality of non-enforcement as given and considers ways to overcome it. It is the cultivation of more potent substitutes that could help consumers. more >>>
Akufo-Addo condemns coup in Mali and calls for firm ECOWAS action
As the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party of Ghana, I am deeply concerned by news of the purported overthrow of the Government of the Republic of Mali, led by the elected President, H.E. Amadou Toumani, on March 22, 2012, by a group of junior officers led by Captain Amadou Aya Sanago. To allow this coup, taking place just over one month before a presidential election, to succeed in a democratic state like Mali would be a major setback for Mali, in particular, and Africa, generally.
GHANA’S TROUBLED ECONOMY Where are the remedies?
On Tuesday, March 5, 2013 the Minister of Finance came to Parliament to deliver the NDC administration’s Budget Statement and Economic Policy for the 2013 financial year. It was a hogwash of assorted patchworks and propaganda. But it was presented as a set of remedies to give the nation a breakthrough, a new beginning and to provide a bail out from the myriad of problems including the huge public debt; the lamentable fiscal deficit, the humongous arrears, unbridled overspending, worsening unemployment, deteriorating utility services, and failing social services. Somehow, government managed to hope that the 2013 budget statement and economic policy would propel real national development in the various sectors.