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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Is the Constitutional Review Commission Constitutional?
Two USA based Ghanaian constitutional scholars have questioned the constitutionality of the on-going constitutional review exercise. In an article to appear in African Journal of International and Comparative Law, the scholars argue that (i) the President has no power to appoint a commission to review the Constitution; (ii) only Parliament has the power to amend the Constitution; (iii) that any and all initiatives to amend the Constitution must originate from parliament; and (iv) a wholesale review of the Constitution by a Commission, as is currently being done, is alien to the Constitution. The scholars conclude that the current constitutional review exercise set a dangerous precedent and, therefore, calls for the immediate dissolution of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC). more >>>
Defending a negative highlights a negative, but character is key
In the 2008 general elections Nana Akufo-Addo had to do four things, two positive and the other two negative. On the positive side, he had to campaign on President Kufuor’s record to justify why the NPP had to be allowed to continue ‘moving Ghana forward.’ Also, he had to tell Ghanaians what his message for the future was -- what he intended to do if given power. Here he had to be careful and avoid charges like why the NPP did not do what he is promising to do in the nearly eight years that it had been in power.
Supreme Court issues directions on election petition
The three petitions challenging the outcome of the March 4 presidential elections have been mentioned this morning at the Supreme Court. A six-judge bench led by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has given its directions to the advocates representing petitioners and respondents in the cases. According to the orders given today by the Chief Justice, petitioners and respondents have been told to desist from “prosecuting the merits of the cases in any forum other than the Supreme Court,”
Gabby scoffs at govt’s attempt to reverse sinking education standards
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is mocking government’s attempt to reverse the falling standards in education. Results released by the West African Examination Council show that over half of the students who sat for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Exams failed and could not proceed to the Second Cycle Education. It is reported to be the worst performance in 13 years.
Press Statement: Public forum on Gov't/STX Korea Housing Deal
The Danquah Institute and the Imani Centre, with support from the World Bank and our media partner, Citi FM. We were compelled to hold this emergency stakeholders forum of the Ghanaian building industry because of moves by Parliament to approve a US$1.5 billion Supplier's Credit Financing Agreement between STX Engineering and Construction Ghana Limited as Lender and the Government of Ghana in relation to the financing of the 30,000 housing units under the Security Services Housing Project. This comes out of the agreement signed on the 9th December 2009, between STX Korea and the Ghanaian government for a joint venture to build 200,000 residential units across all 10 major regional capitals of Ghana at a cost of US$10 billion. Frank Tackie, the President of the Ghana Institute of Planners, representing also the Ghana Institute of Architects, the Ghana Institute of Engineers and the Ghana Institute of Surveyors, said alternative local building materials, local expertise and better value for money can be achieved if Government had focused on Ghanaian firms, materials and expertise rather than Korea.
Election 2012 petition verdict: Judgement of JSC Atuguba
Although the petitioners complained about the transparency of the voters’ register and its non or belated availability before the elections, this line of their case does not seem to have been strongly pressed. In any event the evidence clearly shows that the petitioners raised no such complaint prior to the elections nor has any prejudice been shown therefrom. Indeed even in this petition the petitioners claim that the 1st petitioner was the candidate rather elected, obviously upon the same register. So also their allegations that there were irregularities and electoral malpractices which “were nothing but a deliberate, well-calculated and executed ploy or a contrivance on the part of the 1st and 2nd Respondents with the ultimate object of unlawfully assisting the 1st Respondent to win the 2012 December Presidential Elections.”
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The Mind of Empire: China’s History and Modern Foreign Relations
With an economy and population that dwarf most industrialized nations, China is emerging as a twenty-first-century global superpower. Even though China is an international leader in modern business and technology, its ancient history exerts a powerful force on its foreign policy. In The Mind of Empire: China’s History and Modern Foreign Relations, Christopher A. Ford expertly traces China’s self-image and its role in the world order from the age of Confucius to today. Ford argues that despite its exposure to and experience of the modern world, China is still strongly influenced by a hierarchical view of political order and is only comfortable with foreign relationships that reinforce its self-perception of political and moral supremacy. Recounting how this attitude has clashed with the Western notion of separate and coequal state sovereignty, Ford speculates–and offers a warning–about how China’s legacy will continue to shape its foreign relations. more >>>
Prez Mahama, please tell your surrogates to leave me alone for I’m but a simple pastor – Mensa Otabil
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Rawlings has a point, the growth in corruption is a major election issue, so is Ghana’s GH¢28.3BN public debt
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