President John Dramani Mahama has, in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992 Constitution, appointed Mrs. Charlotte Osei as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.

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This is the Age Distribution of Ghana’s 2010 population of 24.391 million.

This number includes all persons domiciled in Ghana as at 2010 regardless of citizenship.

Although the elections were held in 2012, the voter register was compiled at a time when these were the population distribution

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Concerns over Ghana's management of its cocoa sector, hit by a surprise crop failure this season, have undermined its relationship with the industry and threaten its reputation as the world's premier supplier of top-quality beans, traders said.

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We, members of the Electoral Reforms Committee wish to thank the almighty God for the strength, health and travelling mercies granted us throughout our various meetings, discussions and retreat sessions held outside Accra in executing our mandate as spelt out in our Terms of Reference. We thank the Chairman and Members of the Electoral Commission for giving us the opportunity to serve mother Ghana.

To Mr Gabriel Pwamang the consultant to the Committee, we say: “...we are grateful to you for your assistance and for bringing your competence, expertise and legal acumen to bear on the work of the Committee.” Read more >>>

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Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Staff Visit to Ghana
A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Christina Daseking, visited Accra during the week of September 11-17, 2013, as part of its ongoing engagement with the authorities. The discussions with the authorities focused on recent economic developments and challenges. The mission met with Vice-President Amissah-Arthur, Finance Minister Terkper, Bank of Ghana Governor Wampah, and other senior officials, as well as representatives from think tanks and the private sector. The mission would like to thank the Ghanaian authorities for their excellent cooperation and warm hospitality.
GCPP objects to STX deal
The Great Consolidated Popular Party, GCPP, has added its voice to those opposing the government’s deal with the STX construction firm. The party whose founder, the late Dan Lartey, popularised the term "domestication" in Ghanaian politics says the government would be doing a great disservice to local contractors if it goes ahead with the deal in its current form.
Efforts by political stakeholders to lobby the Electoral Commission (EC) to adopt a biometric voting system during Election 2012 have been boosted by authorities of Meridian Pre-University, who introduced the technology for students' election. The Meridian biometric system would be used for checking students' attendance to lectures and elections, a mechanism considered as the first for any educational institution in Ghana and West Africa.
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.
NDC, NPP demand Ayariga inclusion in IEA debate
The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), have demanded the inclusion of People’s National Conventions’ Hassan Ayariga in the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) presidential debate. The two parties told Joy News that IEA was being unfair in expelling Hassan Ayariga without their permission.
Foresight Africa: Implementing a New U.S.-Africa Policy
2013 ushered in the most significant change in the United States’ Africa policy since the passing of PEPFAR 10 years ago. The unveiling of investment-focused initiatives—Power Africa and Trade Africa—reflects not just a change in how the Obama administration views the continent, but also how foreign investors have prioritized it. But policy rarely achieves its objectives without equal attention to implementation. A number of implementation barriers—old regulations and new policies working at cross-purposes, and limited on-the-ground capacity—threaten to undermine America’s new approach to the continent in 2014. If 2013 was marked by change in U.S. strategy towards Africa, 2014 will be marked by the recognition that 90 percent of the success of that strategy is implementation.
Gabby: Ghana’s 2008 Election was Flawed
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute has said that the 2008 general elections of Ghana had so many flaws and that he fears the country is not showing any serious interest in putting measures in place to avoid that in 2012. “Even though every vote was seemingly counted not every vote counted in the final analysis. And, if every vote counts then certainly not every vote was properly counted in 2008. Both parties must be blamed; but what are we doing now to cut out that cancer of electoral malpractices from our system for the future? We must wake up now, start thinking and working on it,” he urged all stakeholders.
Africa and the Arab Spring: A New Era of Democratic Expectations
2011 saw dramatic changes in Africa’s governance landscape. Unprecedented popular demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya led to the overturning of a century of autocratic rule in North Africa.These protests, demanding greater political freedom, economic opportunity, and an end to systemic corruption, have resonated deeply across Africa, sparking calls for change throughout the continent. Already home to more of the world’s democratizing states than any other region, even modest reverberations from the Arab Spring on Africa’s democratic trajectory will have implications for global governance norms, stability, and development. Click here for report
Report of the Committee on Subsidiary Legislation on the Representation of the People
The Electoral Commission has detected some misplacements and non-placement of certain electoral areas in the proposed instrument. These errors have all been corrected as a result of the meetings that the Commission has held with the Subsidiary Legislation Committee. The errors occurred as a result of the use of a latter version of L.I. 1983 which version was subsequently nullified by a decision of the Supreme Court. Clicke here for full report
So Who Are The Real Property-Owning Democrats?
Last week I wrote, "As an ardent believer of a property-owning democracy and a fierce critic of the shameful, lackluster commitment that the NPP showed in realizing this -- its philosophy -- when it was in office for 8 years, my initial reaction was one of great excitement to the news that a public-private-partnership was going to add 200,000 new, decent, affordable homes to the local housing stock. I greeted the news with some chuffy grin of irony: it took a so-called capitalist party to implement a health insurance policy and it is taking a so-called social democratic party to democratize property ownership." The NPP's founding father, the great man, Joseph Boakye Danquah, saw it as the patriotic duty of the party in government “to liberate the energies of the people for the growth of a property-owning democracy in this land, with right to life, freedom and justice, as the principles to which the Government and laws of the land should be dedicated in order specifically to enrich life, property and liberty of each and every citizen.”