For several weeks now, accusations have been flung back and forth between the election commission and the opposition about the voter register, a database of around 32 million voters that identifies those eligible to vote in the November elections. The stakes are potentially huge, as if the register is rigged, it will be difficult for observers at the polling stations to identify fraud.

The report is a confidential document written in early August by Zetes, a Belgian company contracted by the Congolese government to issue biometric voters cards.

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Unemployment is the world's fastest-rising worry, a BBC World Service survey covering 11,000 people in 23 countries suggests. The annual poll, called The World Speaks, gave people a list of concerns and asked which they had discussed with friends or family in the past month.

Corruption and poverty still ranked the highest, but unemployment was mentioned by 18% - six times the rate citing it in the first survey in 2009.

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The most talked about global issue in Ghana is unemployment, mentioned three times more frequently by Ghanaians than the global average (49% vs 16%). Corruption is the second most discussed issue (42%, twice as many as the global average) and is also the most serious global problem, rated as veryserious by 77 per cent of respondents. Extreme poverty (65%) and the spread of human diseases (58%) are ranked second and third respectively, and are rated comparably with the global averages (69% and 55%, respectively).

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With almost 90 percent of polling places reporting, Congolese President Joseph Kabila appears to have won another five years in office with nearly half the vote. But the country will not know officially until Thursday due to a 48 hour delay in the release of final results.

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Obama announces NEW Africa Strategy
Nearly 3 years ago, I remarked in front of the Ghanaian Parliament that Africa is a fundamental part of our interconnected world. Since that time, we have partnered with leaders, youth, and civil society in Africa to deepen the principles of democracy and human rights, to expand economic opportunity, and to support those who seek peace where war and deprivation have plagued communities. Africa and its people are partners with America in creating the future we want for all of our children—a future that is grounded in growth, mutual responsibility, and mutual respect. Click here for full statement
In a provocative lecture delivered to Pennsylvania University students and professors last Monday (on the eve of Founder's Day in Ghana), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko described Ghana's first President as the "personification of the African tragedy of the 20th century." He said, it was ironic, but pregnant with subconscious meaning that BBC listeners voted Kwame Nkrumah as Africa's man of the Millennium in December 1999.
Danquah Institute Fellow Appointed Campaign Manager
A fellow of the Danquah Institute and political strategist, Boakye Kyeremanteng Agyarko, 54, has been appointed the Campaign Manager to the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo. Boakye Agyarko, who served as a senior campaign aide to Nana Addo in the 2008 presidential election, is noted for his organisational acumen and knowledge of the NPP, both ideologically and on the ground. He coordinated the campaign efforts of Nana Addo and others in 2009 to expand significantly the party’s Electoral College to include all polling station executives.
Supreme Court Judgement “has sent us back  to the stone age”
A Professor of Law and Dean of Research and Graduate studies at the Mountcrest University College has stated that the Supreme Court of Ghana in their judgement handed down in the Presidential Election Petition disappointed Ghanaians and failed to uphold the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana. Professor Kwame Frimpong, at a symposium organised by the Danquah Institute to critique the judgement of the 9 judges, stated that the judges failed woefully to discharge their constitutionally mandated duty.
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.
Democracy at a standstill: A report from The Economist Intelligence Unit
This is the fifth edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy index. It reflects the situation at the end of 2012. In 2012 global democracy was at a standstill in the sense that there was neither significant progress nor regression in democracy in that year. Average regional scores in 2012 were very similar to scores in 2011. The first edition of the index, published in The Economist’s The World in 2007, measured the state of democracy in September 2006; the second edition covered the situation towards the end of 2008; the third as of November 2010 and the fourth at the end of 2011. The index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories—this covers almost the entire population of the world and the vast majority of the world’s states (micro states are excluded). The Democracy index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Countries are placed within one of four types of regimes: full democracies; flawed democracies; hybrid regimes; and authoritarian regimes. Full Document
This was the speech delivered by Boakye Agyarko, a fellow of the Danquah Institute at the conference hall of the Kwame Nkrumah Complex, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon on Thursday, Sept 17. He made the argument that Ghana's struggle for independence was like a 4x100 relay race and Nkrumah certainly ran the last relay but should not be the only one to climb the platform to take the gold medal.
Parliamentary Strengthening and the Paris Principles: Ghana case study
In theory, parliaments are one of the key institutions of democracy, playing an important role in terms of legislation, oversight and representation. Regrettably, in many developing countries – as well as in many developed countries – parliaments are weak, ineffective and marginalised. Parliamentary strengthening aims to enhance the effectiveness of parliaments through institutional development, through building the capacity of parliamentary staff, MPs and committees, and through putting in place the nuts and bolts of infrastructure and equipment Click here for report
We Must Take Postive Lessons From Kenya’s Women Only Elections
As we join the rest of the world in commemorating today, 8th March, as International Women’s Day, we wish to use this occasion to address the unacceptable issue of very low representation of women in governance and decision-making in Ghana and many other African countries and commend the great strides being made elsewhere on the continent. In spite of all the difficulties, we recognise the progress being made by the African woman, especially, in societies that are becoming somewhat gingerly tolerant against the pull of enduring prejudices.
Press Release: Bank of Ghana - Monetary Policy Committee
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media, welcome to the press briefing of the 41st meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee.The Committee reviewed developments in the economy up to September as well as the domestic and external outlook. We reviewed global developments, domestic inflationary trends, the execution of the 2010 budget, growth prospects, business and consumer confidence, developments in the financial system and the external sector. more >>>