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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Decisions of the 15 African Union summit
This weekend, 30 to 31 January 2011, the heads of state of the African Union are holding their 16th AU summit in Addis Ababa. The 15th AU summit held in Kampala, Uganda, from 19 to 27 July, 2010, adopted the following decisions: On the Theme of the Summit: “Maternal, infant and child Health and Development in Africa” adopted actions to be undertaken in various Member State, in particular the actions aimed at attaining the MDGs 4, 5 and 6, including the launching of CARMMA, mobilisation of adequate resources for integrated health programmes up to 15% of national budgets, the sharing of best practices within regions, regular evaluation and reporting of progress achieved by Member States;
President Obama’s Shadow on Ghana’s Elections
Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country U.S. President Barak Obama visited in July 2009. He selected Ghana because it was a “model of good governance, democracy and strong civil society participation.” Kenyans were miffed that he did not visit his fatherland and the Nigerians smelled a rat: That his visit to Ghana was an insipid conspiracy to destabilize Nigeria. But Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka disagreed: A visit by Obama would have sanctified the putrid mess called Nigeria. He threatened to have Obama stoned if he stepped foot in the country. Mercifully, President Obama wasn’t stoned in Ghana.
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.
PRESS RELEASE: KENYA GOES E-VOTING IN 2012, AS GHANA DITHERS
Kenya, keen on preventing the kind of violence that followed the general election of December 2007, has resorted to the introduction of electronic voting for the 2012 general election. Kenyan politicians, civil society and the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) of Kenya have all committed the destiny of the East African country’s democracy to the introduction of electronic voting. Unfortunately, it seems Ghana is waiting for violence to strike before heeding similar calls here for election automation technology. more >>>
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.
Ghana Gas Company operating ‘illegally’
The Danquah Institute has stated that Ghana National Gas Company, headed by Dr George Sipa-Yankey, is operating illegally as it was not created by an Act of Parliament and currently appears to be breaching the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Act, 1983 (PNDCL 64), which set up the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. The Executive Director of the Danquah institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko made this known at a press conference organised by the Institute and held at the Ghana International Press Centre on Wednesday 21st December 2011.
Providing Homes for the People - How Property-Owning Democracy was Bastardised
March 2009 is ending with agitation over Ga lands and the threat of a similar agitation in the Western Region. In my view all this could have been effectively avoided or neutralised if only the New Patriotic Party was steadfast and more radical in its realisation of the dream of a property-owning democracy.In April 4, 2007, I wrote an article explaining ‘Development in Freedom’ – the slogan of the NPP –– the party of proponents of free market and developmentalism like Danquah, Busia and Dombo That article argues, fundamental to the doctrine of Danquah-Busiaism is the principle that freedom is the primary end as well as the active means to development.
The Danquah Institute wishes to register its disappointment with the intransigent response that the Castle, the Office of the President, has given to a suggestion from a leading member of the Opposition that the President should engage its leaders in a dialogue to seek to address the concerns that have been catalogued by the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party.In responding to the suggestion by the Communications Director of the NPP, Nana Akomea, MP, the President’s men, Alex Segbefia and Nii Lantey-Vanderpuye, Deputy Chief of Staff and senior Political Aide to the President, respectively, have both dismissed the offer of dialogue with the excuse that Nana Akufo-Addo does not deserve an audience with the President of the Republic!
Sim Card Registration against Human Liberties
The plan by the Mills-led National Democratic Congress government to acquire telecommunication monitoring equipment to monitor calls in the country is against human dignity and privacy. It also constitutes unnecessary control and curtailment of the rights of the citizenry.These were the sentiments expressed by Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko and Franklin Cudjo, Executive Director of Danquah Institute and Executive Director of IMANI Center for Policy Education respectively when they addressed participants at a seminar on Liberalism and Liberal Solutions on Thursday.
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.