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 >>>

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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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.

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Vigilance is the Motto for December 7
Next week Ghanaians will go to the polls to choose who they want to lead them for the next four years. The patriotic call to all communities across the country is simply this: Take it upon yourself, peacefully and legitimately, to protect your ballot, to protect your mandate, to protect your democracy, and to protect your nation. We of the Danquah Institute would be remiss if we claimed not to share the same concern about the politics in Ghana becoming as divisive as they have been over the last several months. However, the Danquah Institute stands together with those tirelessly working to maintain peace and ensure that Ghana remains a free and fair democracy.
The Association of Magistrates and Judges (AMJG) has noted with grave concern, the recent press statement of the ruling National Democratic Congress which was delivered by its National Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Adjei in response to a ruling of the High Court that discharged Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey and Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani, the two accused persons in the Ghana @ 50 trial. It has become pertinent for us to explain how the Judiciary goes about its work in response to the very issues raised at the Press Conference organized by the NDC on 17th August, 2010.
Oil Probe and its Business Stifling Effect
Ghana, Oh Ghana. It was believed if any African country had the capability to evade the so-called “oil curse,” Ghana would be that country. How wrong that was. Events leading into, and surrounding our oil discovery, and the government’s handling of the parties involved leave much to be desired such that we in the Diaspora who aspire to encourage our business contacts to consider Ghana as a haven for investment are left wondering if it is worth the effort. And considering that cocoa was brought to Ghana from abroad by a member of the Ghanaian Diaspora, and most if not all major investment initiatives of significance were initiated into the country via the effort of members of the Ghanaian Diaspora, only God knows how others would be encouraged to lead such efforts in the future.
Report on Presidential Election Petition in Ghana
Four months before the 2012 general elections in Ghana, the President and ruling party candidate for the December polls, John Atta Mills, passed away. At the time, the incumbent was down in the polls and his Vice President, John Mahama, who was embroiled in a series of multi-million dollar corruption scandals, was sworn in as President and became the ruling party’s presidential candidate. Ghana had a newly compiled voters’ list compiled earlier in 2012, using biometric technology, to help prevent multiple registrations and avoid repeat voting and impersonation, two of the major problems with previous elections. Accordingly, a new law was passed, which effectively meant: “No Verification, No Vote”. Voters were distributed across 275 constituencies made up of 26,002 polling stations. Click here for full report
THE BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY ON THE ATUGUBA COURT, THE NATION’S BALANCE WHEEL
‘Would a judge in a constitutional democracy by annulling an election be interfering with a decision made by voters who are given power to choose who is to govern them? I think that Judges have a constitutional duty to annul an election where there is clear evidence of patent violations of the principles of free and fair democratic election such as the evidence of… the violation of the principle of one man one vote…’ Tsekookoo JSC, in the Dr Kizza Besigye v EC & Museveni Yoweri Kaguta, Election Petition No. 1 2006. [P.212]There are international principles governing elections and challenging election results. For instance, Item II.3.3 of the Venice Commission’s Code of Good Practice in Electoral Matters sets out the main principles that should govern any process for challenging the outcome of an election. As a starting point, the Code states that, ‘failure to comply with the electoral law must be open to challenge before an appeal body.’ The Code notes that, ‘The procedure must also be simple… It is necessary to eliminate formalism, and so avoid decisions of inadmissibility, especially in politically sensitive cases.’
Supreme Court Battle between Nana & Mahama begins today
Having considered and ruled on more than 20 interlocutory applications filed by the various parties in the election petition brought before it by the 2012 New Patriotic Party flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; his vice, Mahamudu Bawumia and the party’s chairman, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, the nine-member Supreme Court panel, presided over by Justice William Atuguba, will today begin hearing of the substantive case. During its last adjourned hearing on April 2, the court directed the respondents in the petition to file their written affidavits within five days from service of petitioners’ affidavits on them.
DI press statement on tackling the $1bn illegal money transfers to Ghana
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are grateful to you for honouring our invitation to attend this press conference. The purpose of today’s gathering is to brief you and the general public on findings of research undertaken on the growing industry of illegal money transfers to Ghana from the Diaspora, its effects on the Ghanaian economy, organised crime and the Ghanaians involved one way or the other in it. A transfer of funds is any transfer that the payer (sender) makes through a Payment Service Provider (PSP) to make funds available for collection at another PSP if at any stage in the process the money is moved electronically, for example, by email or fax. more>>>
STATUS OF ELECTORAL REFORM IN GHANA A Report by the Danquah Institute
In recent months, political parties in Ghana including the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Progressive People’s Party, religious groups, the media and civil society groups such as the Let My Vote Count Alliance have made the case for urgent and honest electoral reform in the lead up to the November 2016 elections.
Ghana police criminally prosecute journalist over sources
New York, July 23, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ghana ’s attorney general to drop prosecution of prominent journalist Ato Kwamena Dadzie under the 1960 criminal code in an attempt to get him to reveal his sources. The Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service on Monday charged Dadzie, acting editor of Accra-based private station Joy FM, with publishing false news “with intent to cause fear and alarm,” defense lawyer Shadrach Arhin told CPJ. Dadzie is free on a bail bond of 5,000 cedis (US$3,430) and faces a misdemeanor offense carrying a maximum sentence of two years in prison or a fine, according to his lawyer. Police referred the case to the attorney general’s office for legal advice, he said.
Ghana: lies, damn lies and estimates
New oil, Chinese investment, stable government, highest growth in the world: Ghana is a new success story. But be careful with the exact figures. While all countries revise their GDP numbers and other accounts, Ghana’s revision of the data takes some beating. The Q2 GDP figure was reported in September as 33.5 per cent. The new figure? 16.4 per cent, less than half. Other numbers given for individual sectors are even further reduced.