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This report provides institutional assessment of the Electoral Commission of Ghana (hereinafter EC). The assessment was conducted in the period of July-August 2015 under the UNDP-funded project “Conduct of an Institutional Assessment and the Development a Strategic Plan for the Electoral Commission of Ghana”.

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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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Friday, October 30, 2015, is the opportunity for parties, organisations and journalists at the two-day public forum on the voters’ register to ask the Electoral Commission questions and hopefully get answers that can help decide whether Ghana will have a new register or not.

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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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FIFTY years ago, per capita gross domestic product (GDP) in South Korea was twice that of some African countries. Last year, it was nearly 40 times higher. But in the past decade sub-Saharan Africa was the third-fastest-growing region in the world, after China and India. How does Africa build on this and close the gap for good? A big part of the answer is free trade within Africa. Freer trade in Asia gave Korea space to grow. African countries have not exploited opportunities to trade with each other.
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>>>
Book Review: The living story of the poor village boy who became the first presiding bishop
I enjoy reading biographies but I have over-enjoyed reading the autobiography of the Most Rev. Dr. Asante Antwi. His book, ‘Samuel Asante Antwi – a living story’ is 160-pages of courage, perseverance, patriotism, Christian teachings and achievements of a poor, village boy who saw the heavens as the limit and rose through the firmaments to become the First Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana. This autobiography can also be described as a biography of Ghana, from 1937, through the formation of the UGCC in 1947, the confidence and pride of a young, nation with an energetic leadership after Independence after 1957, the dictatorship of the 1960s, the short constitutional interludes, coups and more coups before the last push for the longest, most stable period of constitutional rule since 1957.
AFRICA MONEY-Ghana's weak currency costs country dear in election year
To hike or not to hike? That is the question facing shop-owner Baldwin Goku as he weighs the prices of the Chinese electrical goods in his shop in Accra's Okaishie market. His problem is that Ghana's cedi currency has weakened during an oil-fuelled boom which is sucking in capital and consumer imports and driving up demand for dollars to pay for them. If he hikes his prices to match rising costs he loses customers. If he holds prices to keep customers he makes a loss.
African NGOs call for greater accountability and win-win in Africa-China relations
More than 300 delegates from non-governmental organisations and political, economic and media sectors of China and 35 African countries, including Ghana’s Danquah Institute, and officials from the AU Commission, met in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province of China, last week to discuss ways of improving the economic and social ties between the governments and 2 billion peoples of China and the African continent. Participants in the second China-Africa People's Forum called for the establishment of a new model for NGO cooperation between China and African countries.
Ghana Sits on Borrowed Money & Borrowed Time
The World Bank Ghana Country Office’s Conference Room was the scene of lively discussions and startling revelations on Friday last week (18th June 2010). It emerged in a fascinating exchange between senior officials of the Ministry of Finance (past and present) and the country program manager of the Bank, Katherine Bain, that considerable amounts of monies approved for various projects in the country were still sitting idly in various accounts at the Ministry, several months after they were earmarked for disbursement towards critical development projects.
STX – Acting Before We Think
When we initially raised concerns about STX, we were ignored, persistence however paid off and now people realize what a bad deal we were being run into. Even the minority in parliament was criticized for not flagging the obvious problems earlier; well they finally got it and succeeded in getting it withdrawn. There’s more. The problems with STX are myriad, whichever way you look at it STX is such a bad deal, it casts a very bad shadow on us as a people, especially on our leaders ability to analyze and judge right. In raising issues however we had to be selective to ensure we pointed out pertinent actionable details, hence our resort to pointing out the incomplete documentation, the Oil Swap, the bloated price etc. These however do not take away the biggest and most serious problem we couldn’t raise in the earlier in order not to complicate things.
AU must move away from automatic membership, says Akufo-Addo
The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the African Union must move away from granting automatic membership to African countries solely based on geography but rather on the strict adherence to certain fundamental democratic principles. These democratic principles that member countries need to demonstrate, according to Nana Addo, include a commitment to strengthening and protecting the institutions and culture of democratic governance; respecting human rights, religious freedom, and the rights of the individual and minorities; building functioning market economies and facilitating the free movements of people, knowledge, goods and services across member states.
Ghana's Electoral Commission (EC) has remained mum despite growing anger over its handling of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections. The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) on December 14 ordered its elections agents to boycott meetings organised by the EC claiming they were an attempt to cover up for electoral fraud.