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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DI Calls for Transparency in Petroleum Pricing Formula
The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has announced a review of the petroleum price build-up (i.e. the formula used to determine the pricing ofpetroleum products). In this review the NPA informs the public that it has decided to increase the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) margin by 50 percent and the Marketers margin by 15 percent. At the same time the NPA also decided to reduce the ex-refinery price of petroleum products by 2 percent, with the net effect being a no change in prices at the pump. The Danquah Institute is calling on the NPA to come out and explain to Ghanaians what exactly is going on.
International Corruption: How Ghana Can Collaborate With The United Kingdom And Other Countries To Beat It: aka Thoughts On Prevention And Cure
A statistic: the World Bank estimated that in 2004, 6% of the world’s economy consisted of payments made by way of bribe. 1. I want to begin with an African success story in the fight against corruption. It concerns an all-too typical scenario: a small African state seeks to develop a natural resource project, an infrastructure development of potentially massive significance and benefit to its people. It does not have the construction resources and expertise to develop the project itself, and so it invites tenders and contributions from large Western construction companies. The scale and dimensions of the project are mouthwatering as commercial propositions for the competing companies.
Gabby: Mills is luckiest President ever, yet he has failed
President John Evans Atta Mills has had a tremendous opportunity to have an unprecedented impact on the lives of Ghanaians because he has had more resources than any other government in the history of this nation but has failed to achieve that, says Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, Executive Director of the Danquah Institute. According to him, the Mills-administration inherited an economy with more resources that should have propelled him to institute life-changing projects to the benefit of the populace.
2012 Oppenheimer Speech by 2012 NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo
I am very honoured and, dare I say it, highly delighted to have been invited to give this year’s Oppenheimer Lecture at this prestigious body, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and I am particularly grateful to the Director General, our chairperson, Dr John Chipman, for that. The honour and delight have, however, been somewhat undermined by a nagging anxiety about my ability to follow successfully in the footsteps of the eminent Africans who have preceded me on this podium
How Woyome earned the whopping GH¢51 million: Full Court ruling
On the 19th day of April 2010 the Plaintiff commenced action against the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning by writ issued from the registry of this court. On the 6th day of May 2010, the plaintiff amended the endorsement on the writ and sought the following reliefs. Click here for ruling
Finally! We have something to applaud the Ministry of Energy for! Those who have been following our releases should by now be familiar with our incessant ranting about “transparency”. This week the Ministry of Energy announced that it shall be subjecting the draft petroleum revenue management bill to a full and open public discussion extending to all corners of Ghana prior to its submission to the relevant select committees in parliament. All hail transparency!
GCPP objects to STX deal
The Great Consolidated Popular Party, GCPP, has added its voice to those opposing the government’s deal with the STX construction firm. The party whose founder, the late Dan Lartey, popularised the term "domestication" in Ghanaian politics says the government would be doing a great disservice to local contractors if it goes ahead with the deal in its current form.
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