The Let My Vote Count Alliance has taken due notice of the decision by President John Dramani Mahama to appoint Mrs. Charlotte Osei, 42, as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana. We wish to greet her with this clarion message: NO NEW REGISTER NO VOTE IN 2016!

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Public policy and governance think tank, the Danquah Institute has expressed grave concern about the Electoral Commission's decision to register all persons in the country who, simply, are in possession of identity cards issued by the National Health Insurance Authority.

At a press conference organised by DI last week, a fellow of the institute, Mr. Boakye Agyarko, explained that “one of the objects of the National Health Insurance Authority” as captured on the NHIA’s website which states that “persons not resident in the country but who are on a visit to this country” can obtain NHIS cards is deeply worrying.

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NPA’s Arrogance or Economics?

On the eve of the New Year, 2015, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) announced a reduction in ex-pump prices of petroleum products by 10% across board. This was not without drama. Most of the headlines that followed the announcement pointed to price reduction under duress. A number of civil society organizations and political parties put pressure on NPA to reduce the prices due to reasons such as the oil price crush and relative stability in the value of the local Ghanaian currency. Some of the organizations threatened public demonstrations against NPA and the Government; a situation that was expected considering that petro-politics is a feature of petroleum pricing in most parts of the world.

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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.”

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100 years ago, when the founding father of Adisadel, Bishop Hamlyn, admitted the first intake of students to the SPG grammar school at Topp Yard, even he could not have foreseen the great contribution the school would make to our national development. Throughout the history of Ghana, Santacluasians have been at the forefront of our national development. They were very active in the independence struggle, with some paying dearly for their role in the mobilisation of students for the struggle. Not surprisingly, on March 6th 1957, 2 santaclausians - Kojo Botsio and K Gbedemah - flanked Kwame Nkrumah at the rally where the independence proclamation was made. Adisadel has produced a Head of State, 3 Chief Justices, 3 Speakers of Parliament, the first Ghanaian Navy Captain among others. The culture of sportsmanship has always been an important part of the school curriculum. The founding fathers considered sports every bit as important as intellectual persuit. Little wonder that over the years, old santaclausians have been active in the promotion and administration of sports at the national level,our illustrious Headmaster, R.T. Orleans Pobee and the late Sam Nelson to mention but a few. By any measure, Adisco has made an immense contribution to the development of the human capital of our nation.
Ghana's debt hits $13.9 billion and growing
Ghana’s total debt has doubled in just two years under President JEA Mills. Documents available to the Danquah Institute indicate that Ghana’s total debt is $13.9 billion currently. At the end of 2008, when the New Patriotic Party left office, Ghana’s domestic debt stood at GH¢4.8 billion (or $3.170bn in today’s exchange rate). At the end of 2010, under the National Democratic Congress, this had shot up to Ghc8.28bn ($5.47bn).
Egypt votes in post-Mubarak polls
Egyptians are voting in the opening stage of the first elections since former President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February. As dawn broke, people were already queuing to cast their ballots outside polling stations in the capital, Cairo. But protesters who want the vote to be postponed still occupy Tahrir Square. The head of the country's military council, which took over after Mr Mubarak was unseated, has said the country is "at a crossroads".
Transcript of President Mills' Radio Gold interview on Radio Gold, Friday, Dec 23:
Let me say that at the very beginning I wasn’t going to talk about this case because having referred to EOCO I would regard it to be sub-judice. But I want to say one or two things. When this case first broke, I was in the US and I ordered the two ministries involved, at the Attorney General’s Department and the Finance Ministry, to give me a report, a report which I wanted to be published so that the world would know what happened.
Why Ghana?
But we must not ignore America’s interest. After all, whatever his connection to the African continent, Obama is President of America – and acts in the interest of its people at home above all else. So what can Americans hope to gain from President Obama’s trip to Ghana?First, this trip offers a very compelling platform for America to reaffirm to a significant mass of the world the triumph of its values of liberal democracy, rule of law and freedom. With the U.S.’s failure to impose these in the Middle East, and China’s irksome demonstration that economic progress can be achieved without them, Ghana helps bolster the U.S.’s argument about the centrality of these values to the development process.
Prez Mahama, please tell your surrogates to leave me alone for I’m but a simple pastor – Mensa Otabil
The General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensa Otabil has responded in clearest terms yet to what he calls evil attempts to expose him to public ridicule “and the running harassment against my integrity.”He said the doctoring and manipulation of his sermons over the years to give them political twists was defamatory, unethical, criminal, malicious and evil.
GII Report: Monitoring of Abuse of Incumbency Project in Ghana’s 2012 Elections
On the 25th of April 2012, GII, CDD-Ghana and GACC launched a project titled “Monitoring Abuse of Incumbency in Ghana’s 2012 Elections”. The project will span over the period February 2012 to January 2013 and is supported by STAR-Ghana with funding from DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID. The aim of this project is to monitor and expose the extent of both the occurrence and variety, of abuse of incumbency and pre-election political party corruption in Ghana, as a tool for promoting clean and fair elections in the upcoming 2012 elections. Click here for full report
DI Reschedules Symposium on Election Petition
The Danquah Institute has been compelled to reschedule its symposium on the Election Petition due to the refusal of the British Council to host the event because of what it describes as the “politically suggestive” nature of the event. It is recalled that the Danquah Institute had originally scheduled the event to take place on Monday, 16th September, a date the Institute had set because of the assurances it received from the British Council about the availability of its auditorium on the said date.
The Turning Point in Housing
China reached an important turning point in housing policy on April 17, 2010. Policy shifted from stimulating growth to controlling speculative demand for housing, as well as increasing the supply of affordable housing. The central government has pushed the policies on reluctant local government officials, who are dependent on land-sales revenues and closely intertwined with real estate interests. Despite the tensions in implementation, central government commitment to the policy turn appears strong, and it is likely it will be sustained. more >>>
Ghana to consolidate economic gains with US$100 million budget support from World Bank
The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank today approved the eighth poverty reduction support grant (PRSG8) of US$100 million for Ghana. This facility was processed within the harmonized Multi Donor Budget Support (MDBS) framework. It supports the implementation of the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA 2010-2013), which succeeded the second Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS2).