The European Union has moved to check emigration from West Africa by voting to invest 1.15 billion euros in aid for West Africa through to 2020.

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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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Ghana is likely to clear the first review of its $918 million programme with the International Monetary Fund and secure a fresh disbursement of funds aimed at stabilising its economy.

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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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The closest of shaves
Prime Minister Raila Odinga is challenging Uhuru Kenyatta’s narrow win in court after a spate of technical failures at the electoral commission Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential victory leaves Kenya still a divided nation. He achieved it by engineering a partnership between his fellow Kikuyu and the Kalenjin of his running mate, William Ruto, in the Jubilee Alliance. Locally, the big losers are the rival candidates, Raila Odinga and Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. Those Western countries which opposed the candidacies of Kenyatta and Ruto now face the problems of dealing with a President and Deputy who are charged with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
GHANA MUST WAKE UP, SHOUT FOR A NEW REGISTER AND SHAKE UP THE EC
FITCH Rating’s latest report on Ghana lays particular emphasis on the importance of Ghana’s democracy and stability to the country’s economic prospects. Whiles it gives a negative outlook based on how the economy is being run, Fitch makes the point that Ghana’s credit rating has not, however, fallen below ‘B’ because of the country’s “strong governance record and recent democratic history,” and that, this is “reflected in Ghana’s ability to attract foreign direct investment, which at 7% of GDP is well above that of Nigeria, Gabon, Zambia, Kenya and Angola.”
Letter from NPP Chairman to EC Boss
We refer you to our previous correspondence on the need to get IPAC convened and deliberating on matters regarding the forthcoming Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise and other issues pertaining to the 2012 general elections. Our call for specific information and material to enable us convince ourselves that the “tender process” leading to the procurement of equipment and materials is credible has fallen on, sadly, deaf ears. Click here for full details of letter
Polls open after DR Congo clashes
Polls have opened for the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential elections, after a run-up marred by violence and logistical delays. The head of the electoral commission said 99% of polling stations were ready and voting would go ahead as planned. At least three people were killed on Saturday, leading to a police ban on final campaign rallies. It is the second presidential poll in DR Congo since the end of 1996-2003 wars which left four million dead.
Press Release: The Philippines Hold Successful Elections with E-Voting
There is no such thing anywhere in the world as perfect election arrangement, but if democracy in Africa is tosucceed then it requires solutions to the basic instruments of rigging which undermine it. The problems which led to the disenfranchisement of hundreds of UK voters during the May 6 general elections attest to that. Hints from the head of UK’s electoral commission point to future reforms involving election automation technology. Last year, India, a developing nation, showed that electronic voting is the best way forward for democracies around the world. The Danquah Institute believes that the Philippines on Monday, May 10, made an even stronger case for Ghana to consider seriously the proposals to introduce e-voting here. more >>>
We have prepared this report in the belief that it will help bring about policies and decisions that will ensure that Ghana’s emergence as a middle-income economy is not held back by the energy sector, as at present. We recommend that the Government make a concerted effort to “think big” and provide more direct and proactive leadership to the energy sector, given its centrality to boosting economic growth. This report was prepared during a period of electricity shortages and rolling power blackouts. The current power shortfall is particularly serious for two reasons: the frequency of these episodes is increasing—the previous blackout was just 5 years ago—and the economic damage inflicted is greater, because Ghana’s economy has evolved to become ever more dependent on reliable electricity supply.
On two definitions of over-voting and ballot accounting
In challenging the validity of President John Mahama's election, the NPP has leveled five main allegations of electoral malpractices and irregularities against the Electoral Commission of Ghana (hereafter EC). One of these allegations is over-voting. There are two definitions of over-voting in elections. Over-voting occurs when (a) the number of votes cast exceeds the number of registered voters (call this the first definition), and/or (b) the number of votes cast exceeds the number of ballots issued to voters (call this the second definition). These are definitions of the incidence or occurrence of over-voting. It appears that the NDC believes that the first definition is the only valid definition of over-voting. For example, the General-Secretary of the NDC, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in his affidavit observed that: Full Document
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.
Ghana Gas Project is 33% Complete – IMANI Report
We were pleasantly surprised when the Ghana Gas Company responded to our request to tour the ongoing early phase gas infrastructure project (EPGIP) with immediate enthusiasm. We are not used to that from government agencies, and certainly not from agencies involved in the energy sector. GNPC, for instance, is shadowy and arrogant, and aloof and unresponsive to any sense of public accountability or transparency. Not so Ghana Gas, as we discovered to our appreciation. Full Document
It features Nana Akufo-Addo, John Atta Mills, Jerry Rawlings, John Kufuor, Afari-Gyan, Kwesi Pratt, Hannah Tetteh, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo and Kwabena Agyepong, among others, and it has received great reviews across the globe, with the Los Angeles Times describing the documentary feature film as “the gripping examination of Ghana's 2008 presidential contest on display.” It is a movie, which is likely to reignite the kind of sensation that gripped the nation after the cable releases from Wikileaks.