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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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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The Governing Board of the Danquah Institute announces the appointment of Nana Attobrah Quaicoe as the new Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, effective September 1, 2015.

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, we have called you here to inform the good people of Ghana through you about developments in Parliament regarding the STX housing project. You will recall that on Thursday, July 15, 2010, the NDC government through it’s Parliamentary representatives withdrew from the floor of the House a motion to approve of A Supplier’s Credit Agreement Between the Government of Ghana and STX Engineering and Construction Ghana Limited for an amount of US$1,525,443,468 for the construction of 30,000 units of houses for the security services in Ghana. This withdrawal was ostensibly occasioned by arguments proffered by the Minority side which had started to debate the motion on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. We are here today to tell Ghanaians the reasons why the Minority was asking Parliament to reject the proposal placed before it at the instance of Professor Mills, since the agreement came by Executive approval and not Cabinet approval. It is critically important to let the good people of Ghana know this because, as you may recollect, of the seven people that the Minority had lined up for the debate only two people spoke before the government beat a hasty retreat.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party have added their voices to the growing calls on Laurent Gbagbo to quit and have criticised the unwillingness of the Mills-Mahama government to adopt a firm and decisive position against his illegal government. The NPP and Nana Addo are disappointed by the mixed signals from the Mills Administration and argue that once ECOWAS and the AU have spoken so unequivocally, Ghana which stands to lose more in the event of conflict should be more assertive in mounting pressure and isolating Gbagbo.
NPP CHOOSES CHILDREN'S PARK TO DECLARE WINNER
Saturday, August, 7, nearly 15,000 delegates, about one out of every 78 Ghanaian voters, are expected to cast their votes to elect the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party. The election, which takes place simultaneously at 230 centres in all 230 constituencies in Ghana, will begin at 8am and end at 3pm. Already, the Electoral Commission, which will supervise the contest has dispatched ballot papers and boxes to all 230 centres.
"The court in the execution of its duty to protect the citizen's liberty always proceeds on the well-known principle, at any rate as acknowledged in democratic countries, of the primary necessity in the administration of the law to establish a healthy balance between the need to protect the community against crime and the need to protect individual citizens against abuse of executive power. Subject to the limits imposed on this twofold protection by the establishment and maintenance of the requisite balance, the scales are to be held evenly, at any rate in normal times, between the community, that is the State and the individual and there can be no question of 'leaning over backward,' so to speak, to favour the State at the expense of the citizen or to favour the citizen at the expense of the community. And the courts' vigilance in protecting the citizen against any encroachments on his liberty by the executive becomes meaningful and real only when pursued on the basis of this principle." Chief Justice Akufo-Addo, Ex Parte Braimah.
PRESIDENT MAHAMA MUST EXPLAIN THE SEIZURE OF GHANA’S GOLD IN TURKEY
The Danquah Institute is deeply concerned about news from Turkey and in the international media to the effect that 1.5 tons of Ghana’s gold, which was said to be heading for the Islamic Republic of Iran, was seized in Turkey. The 1.5 tons of gold, worth some $80 million, is said to be “Ghana’s financial commitments to Iran” over a transaction, details of which are not known to the public. Interestingly, this seemingly curious transaction took place over the election period and at the time of the transition. What is also curious is the choice of the President to travel to Turkey around the time of this unspoken crisis and yet this issue has not featured in any official communication about the Presidential trip.
DI Warns: Ec Cannot Create New Constituecies Based On New Districts
The Danquah Institute is concerned about what appears to be an unconstitutional attempt on the part of Government to compel the Electoral Commission to create new constituencies based on the apparent creation of 42 new districts recently. This, we believe, is based on a wrong and strange interpretation of the law that a constituency cannot fall in two districts. Therefore, once the Executive, with the support of its parliamentary majority, goes ahead to create a new district, which then leads to the splitting up of a constituency into the old and new administrative areas, then the EC has to follow suit and create a new constituency for the new district.
Results from the AFROBAROMETER Round 5 Survey in Ghana
The Afrobarometer (AB) is a comparative series of public opinion surveys that measure public attitudes toward democracy, governance, the economy, leadership, identity, and other related issues. The AB is an independent, non-partisan, African-based network of researchers. The first round of surveys took place in 1999-2001 in 12 countries. The Network is now conducting “Round 5” surveys in up to 35 countries during 2011-2012. Click here for full report
I was glad to read the announcement made by World Bank President, Dr. Jim Kim, at the start of this year’s UN General Assembly meetings, about the Bank’s projected financing support through the end of 2015 to help developing countries reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and children’s health. As we move toward the culmination of the MDGs in 2015 and beyond, preventing maternal and child deaths should be seen by all government delegations and their partners in the international development community as a clear yardstick to measure their commitment for creating more just and inclusive societies. But as evidence has shown across the globe, to effectively address the insidiousness of this challenge, a broad multi-sectoral paradigm for action is needed. In some countries, particularly in resource-poor settings and among certain population groups, there are social and cultural norms that need to be better understood to deal with myths and misconceptions surrounding pregnancy, childbirth and proper care of the newborn. There are also geographical barriers, as in rural communities high in the Andean mountains of my native Ecuador, or in the Caucasus mountain range in Georgia and Azerbaijan, where the poor state of roads in a challenging terrain, or the unavailability of transport to a health facility, contribute to preventable maternal deaths.
AU to unveil single African SIM card
Jan 28, 2011, PANA-- The African Union (AU) has unveiled plans for a single standardised SIM card for all African mobile phone operators in an effort to save millions of subscribers the extra cost and register the dot African domain name, senior officials said on Thursday. AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Elham Ibrahim, said a study on the introduction of a single African SIM card has been underway and ‘is expected to be completed within a month’.The Commission would then hold a validation workshop with the key industry players in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to agree on the technical details needed to have the mobile phone operators accept the use of a single African SIM card, which it hopes would reduce the cost of roaming phone services.
Barack Obama on Africa's fragile foundation
US President Barack Obama is prepared to broker peace and power-sharing agreement in South Sudan.